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Quantity of cash and an I-Pad stolen

Thieves made off with cash and an I-Pad after raiding a tea shop in central Newbury overnight on Wednesday.

Store owners Tze and Kevin Mo, who have operated the Tiy Tea Bar on Nicholas Wharf for the last two years, said they came to open up on Thursday morning to find the glass door had been smashed in with around £150 of cash stolen.

Tze Mo said: “I opened up at 8.30am and just thought ‘it’s happened again’. I used to work in a Thatcham shop and it happened twice while I was there.

“I have had over half a century of bad experience so I’m very calm now.”

“They just don’t care, they wanted the money, and they wanted to make a mess to say that they had really been there.”

The till drawer had been ripped out from the till with all the money stolen, and a bag containing around £100 was also taken, together with an I-Pad.

The cancer charity box was spared from the thieves, however.

Keven Mo, husband and fellow shop owner, said on discovering the café this morning: “I felt so upset, of course.

“It’s a bit of a surprise for me that they came in through the front.

“There are a few shops here and if the council could put up CCTV cameras then that would be great for us.”

Crime Scene Investigator for Thames Valley Police Emma Hannibal said at the scene: “This sort of burglary is a bit unusual in Newbury but it is becoming more common because they are seen as an easier target and it is a quiet area.

“We get a little bit more towards November and December where people are looking for cash.”

Advising other shop keepers to stay free from thieves as Christmas approaches she suggested leaving till drawers open so that it was plainly visible there was no money left in them overnight.

Thames Valley Police later confirmed they were called at 8.30am to reports of a burglary where offenders had gained entry via the glass door and stolen a quantity of cash and an I-Pad.

Hannah Williams said that police were investigating and that anybody with any information should contact 101.

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