Garage staff ‘disappointed’ to be hit by second burglary this year

PUBLISHED: 14:56 24 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:02 24 August 2018

The thieves stole hundreds of pounds worth of items. Picture: Tickenham Garage

The thieves stole hundreds of pounds worth of items. Picture: Tickenham Garage

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A garage has been burgled for a second time this year, this time by two men wearing their pyjamas.

The men stole a variety of items worth ‘hundreds of pounds’ from Tickenham Garage, in Stone Edge Batch, in the early hours of August 18.

The robbery took place just before 7am when the thieves emerged from a distinctive Ford Transit van with blue checkers.

One of the men was dressed in pyjamas and a dressing gown, while the other in a blue Henley’s hoodie and black trousers.

The thieves stole items worth hundreds of pounds. Picture: Tickenham GarageThe thieves stole items worth hundreds of pounds. Picture: Tickenham Garage

In February, the Time reported the garage was broken into, with four cars worth nearly £30,000 stolen.

MORE: Thieves raid garage and steal four cars worth nearly £30k.

Sam Hughes, the garage’s marketing manager, told the Times it is ‘disappointing’ to be targeted by thieves again.

He said: “It is very disappointing, the impact it has on the local community is huge.

“Tickenham is a rural area, we do not get much traffic passing through in the early hours of the morning and fortunately people have come forward.

“We are ever so grateful for people who have provided feedback to the police.”

The thieves stole items worth hudnreds of pounds. Picture: Tickenham GarageThe thieves stole items worth hudnreds of pounds. Picture: Tickenham Garage

The garage posted CCTV footage of the break in on its website, which has been viewed more than 36,000 times.

Among the items stolen were two Peugeot alloy wheels, a large quantity of scrap metal and 23 car batteries.

The thieves broke into the back of the garage and the total monetary value of the stolen goods is not yet known.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Constabulary said: “We are investigating a break-in at a garage in Stone Edge Batch in Tickenham, which happened about 7am on August 18.

“The two intruders took items including batteries and tyres.

“We would like to hear from anyone who was in the area who might have seen anyone outside the garage.”

Sam added: “We believe the thieves are local so we need people to come forward with names.

“I would like to thank all those who have spoken to the police and shared the video online.

“It is rather disappointing to go through this ordeal again.”

Anyone with information about the break-in can call the police on its non-emergency 101 number and quote the crime reference 5218186844.

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