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

PUBLISHED: 17:20 06 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:39 08 February 2018

Tickenham Garage had its premises raided on Sunday. Picture from Google.

Tickenham Garage had its premises raided on Sunday. Picture from Google.

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Thieves raided a North Somerset garage and stole four cars worth nearly £30,000 early on Sunday morning.

Two men were seen on CCTV breaking into the sales office of Tickenham Garage, in Clevedon Road, at around 2.30am on February 4, taking a safe.

The perpetrators then disappeared only to return after half an hour, having forced open the safe to get keys for a Volvo XC60 and a Ford Transit Connect.

They went back one hour later and stole a Ford Focus and Mini Cooper and ransacked the office, taking registration documents for each of the cars.

The thieves returned again 18 minutes later at 4am in the stolen cars and were seen on CCTV shining lights through the windows of the garage, before leaving for a final time.

The discarded safe was found the next day in a gateway by St Quiricus and St Julietta Church next to a damaged road sign which had been used to prise the safe open.

The garage’s owner, Tom James, said: “A friend drove past the forecourt and asked whether everything was OK because there were no cars on display.

“I checked our CCTV cameras from home and it was clear the cars had gone and something was wrong.

“The sales office door had been kicked in and the safe wrenched off.

“They have the vehicles, keys and registration documents so in theory they have could sell the cars on immediately.”

A police investigation is underway and Tom has released the CCTV footage in an effort to find the perpetrators.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Constabulary said: “Two suspects forced entry to an office at a car sales garage. They took a laptop computer and a safe which contained keys to vehicles parked on the forecourt at the garage.

“The safe which contained the car keys has been recovered.

“Four vehicles have been taken – two Ford vehicles, a Mini Cooper and a Volvo.”

The garage and car sales business have been run by Tom and dad Richard since 2004.

Tom added: “It is just very distressing and disappointing, in our 14 years running this business we haven’t had an issue this serious.”

Anyone with information about the break-in can call the police on its non-emergency 101 number.

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