Retailer targeted by thieves again, again and again
Again, again and againMARYANNE TWENTYMAN
Cameron Rd Foodmarket owner Jagdish Thakur is both angry and scared that his Hamilton East store has been broken into repeatedly. Maryanne Twentyman reports.
A dairy owner who has been attacked with a golf club and had his shop ramraided, has again been targeted - twice in three days.
Jagdish Thakur still gets headaches after being struck with a golf club by a burglar last monthand yesterday he told the Waikato Times he had had enough.
"What more do I have to do? I have spent more than $2000 on extra security since I was attacked in the shop on July 15 and now I have been broken into twice this week."
But it's that "extra security" that Hamilton police believe saved Mr Thakur from further loss of stock.
The city tactical co-ordinator, Senior Sergeant Freda Grace, said officers were called to the business on the corner of Cameron Rd and Gadsby Pl about 2.15am yesterday.
"The business owner was at the store after responding to a burglar alarm when the alarm went off again and he phoned police," Ms Grace said.
"It appears the offenders forced entry into a storeroom but because of some strengthening of the rear door this caused them some delay. They were further frustrated by the inability to access the actual shop area because of additional security and fled the scene empty-handed."
Police believe the offenders were after cigarettes but the layered security hampered their attempts. Mr Thakur said three bags of lollies weighing three kilograms each were taken.
Yesterday's robbery followed an attempted break-in on Sunday morning.
"I got to work on Sunday and they had tried to get the door open, there was mess everywhere."
He believed those responsible returned with more tools to complete the job yesterday.
Now Mr Thakur is looking to further enhance his security system with the addition of CCTV cameras.
"The neighbouring shop owner has looked at his CCTV footage and you can clearly see one person with a crowbar outside my shop at 1.30am - I will be passing this on to the police," Mr Thakur said.
Having owned the business for more than 24 years, Mr Thakur is now "weighing up his options" after being broken into more than 12 times and copping thousands of dollars in damage over the years. A ram raid on his shop in 2010 resulted in $60,000 in damage.
Information about the burglary can be given to Hamilton Central Police Station on 07 858 6200 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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