Cool re­sponse to ice cream shop raid

Owner of Dessert­ful cafe sends de­fi­ant mes­sage to thieves

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger

THE owner of an East­cote ice cream and dessert shop has added a sprin­kle of hu­mour after bur­glars raided the tills over night on Thurs­day Jan­uary 19.

Thieves forced their way in through the front door of Dessert­ful in Field End Road and searched the shop be­fore tak­ing the cash from the tills.

But the owner of the dessert shop de­cided to ice over the gloom and of­fer the bur­glars free dessert if they come back dur­ing open­ing hours.

The sign was posted in the shop win­dow on two days after the theft and warned that cash is now re­moved from the tills.

Dessert­ful’s owner, Ir­fan Ba­choo, told the Gazette: “I came into the store on Fri­day morn­ing at 11.30am and the front door was open.

“They forced it open and got in­side some­time after mid­night.

“They did a search of the back, some of the cup­boards were open.

“I called the po­lice and I didn’t stay in­side in case some­one was in­side.”

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Un­for­tu­nately, there is no CCTV at the store and foren­sic po­lice e said they were e un­able to get t any use­ful l ev­i­dence be­cause the of­fend­ers wore gloves.

The sign put up in the shop ’s win­dow said: “To the folks who broke in on Thurs­day and emp­tied the till, h e n c e fo r t h the till will be emp­tied ev­ery night so don’t waste your time and en­ergy to break in.

“You can keep the cash as char­ity from Dessert­ful.

“If you were after ice cream, then come in dur­ing our open­ing hours and we shall feed you...”

The sign ends with a de­fi­ant smi­ley face from the man­age­ment.

Mr Ba­choo, 31, said the or­deal has left him fright­ened to open up shop in the morn­ing, but he wanted to give a warn­ing to po­ten­tial thieves.

He said: “It was a bit fright­en­ing and scary. It cre­ates a kind of neg­a­tiv­ity in your head. When I open the store in the morn­ing I’m ter­ri­fied.”

But since post­ing the pic­ture of their sign on Face­book on Satur­day, Dessert­ful have been touched by re­as­sur­ance from cus­tomers and mem­bers of the public.

The shop’s man­age­ment thanked the public for their ‘kind words and sup­port.’

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