RESTAU­RANT HIT BY THIEVES AGAIN

Own­ers ask ‘why us?’ after third at­tack:

Caernarfon Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Hy­wel Trewyn

BUR­GLARS have tar­geted an In­dian restau­rant for the third time in two-and-a-half years.

Dur­ing the lat­est raid on the Sopna tan­doori restau­rant, on the out­skirts of Caernar­fon, thieves made off with cash from the till and a charity box.

The break-in hap­pened some time be­tween mid­night on Sun­day night and 6am on Mon­day morn­ing, last week, when the bur­glars got in through a front win­dow.

Sha­ja­nur Raja, owner of the award-win­ning restau­rant, said more than £100 was in the till ,with around £200 in the charity box.

He said: “They have bro­ken a win­dow by the toi­let side to get in.

“They have forced open the till and taken money. “Po­lice have been and taken fin­ger­prints.” Ac­cord­ing to Mr Raja, the thieves also took out an­other win­dow’s dou­ble glaz­ing.

Mr Raja said: “We have been, for a long time, col­lect­ing for peo­ple in the Bangladesh floods.

“The bur­glars broke into the store room I don’t know why this has hap­pened. “I will need to buy a new door. “This is the third time. I am re­ally fed up now.” Dur­ing the bur­glary, the thieves also broke a win­dow in Mr Roberts’ car.

The restau­rant was first tar­geted in March 2015, when a gang of three men as­saulted Mr Raja and his handyman, An­thony Roberts, at the restau­rant. Both had hos­pi­tal treat­ment. Mr Roberts, who was left with a bro­ken nose, chipped teeth and a black eye, had surgery.

Two months later, thieves squeezed in through a small toi­let win­dow at the back of the build­ing be­fore steal­ing a staff tips box and hun­dreds of pounds worth of al­co­hol.

In 2007, Sopna was voted Welsh Curry House of the Year, and were North Wales Winners in 2010.

Mr Raja also runs the Life­style Ex­press shop on Pool Street, Caernar­fon.

In­spec­tor Owain Llewellyn at Ban­gor Po­lice Sta­tion said: “We’d like to hear from any­one who was in the area overnight and wit­nessed any sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour.

“I’m also ask­ing lo­cal busi­nesses and com­mu­ni­ties to re­main vig­i­lant and re­port any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity im­me­di­ately. “It is also worth re­mind­ing the com­mu­nity to en­sure their prop­erty is al­ways locked and se­cured or kept out of sight.” Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact North Wales Po­lice con­trol room direct via web live chat or phone 101 anony­mously via Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111 and quote V131993

‘They’ve taken all the money from till and charity cash... we don’t know why this keeps hap­pen­ing to us’

● Sha­ja­nur Raja with his wife Ruk­shana with an empty till; how the thieves got into the restau­rant (inset, be­low)

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