Burglars steal cash during café break-in

PUBLISHED: 08:02 05 March 2019

Hazel Jarvis from Cafe 119 with the empty cash tin. Picture: Jeremy Long

Hazel Jarvis from Cafe 119 with the empty cash tin. Picture: Jeremy Long

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Thieves broke down the door of a Nailsea café and stole hundreds of pounds worth of tips.

Hazel Jarvis outside Cafe 119 which was targeted by thieves at the weekend Picture: Jeremy LongHazel Jarvis outside Cafe 119 which was targeted by thieves at the weekend Picture: Jeremy Long

Burglars forced their way in to Café 119, in Station Road, between Saturday afternoon and the early hours of Sunday morning while the owner was asleep upstairs.

They stole a £60 float for the till and took £300 worth of tips which had been collected by dedicated staff.

Owner Dean Sandy discovered the damage when he opened up the café on Sunday morning.

He said: “They kicked the back door down and get in.

“They just took some float money under and the box of tips, which was about £300.
“The girls normally build it up until they need it and then share it out.

“They didn’t ransack the place or trash it and nothing else was broken or taken.

“I live above the property so it feels a bit weird someone has broken in below and gone through the café when I was asleep upstairs.

“I feel a bit unsettled.”

Dean took over the café in July 2016 and was due to install CCTV at the business later this week.

He also does not usually keep money at the premises.

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to get in touch.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset police said: “We were called to reports that a café in Station Street, Nailsea, was broken into over the weekend.

“The break-in occurred between 4pm on March 2 and 9am on March 3.

“Entry was forced and a quantity of cash taken.

“Police enquiries into the incident are continuing.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact us, quoting reference 5219046461.”

Dean is preparing to update the café and make it bigger by converting the upstairs flat into a seating area with separate rooms.

He also wants to open it as a bistro three nights a week, with an alcohol licence.

He said: “I’ve lived in Nailsea nearly all my life and I thought the town needed something new and local.”

The changes are expected to take three months and Dean will also change the name of the business.

Dean took over the business from his mum Hazel Jarvis who ran it for 13 years and still works in the café.

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