Char­ity boxes taken in dou­ble bur­glary

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Thom Mor­ris tmor­ris@thek­m­group.co.uk

AN ES­TATE agent has branded thieves who stole two char­ity boxes “lower than the low” af­ter his busi­ness was bur­gled twice within a week.

Andy Stevens, manag­ing di­rec­tor of Stevens and Co in Sin­gle­ton, Ash­ford said: “We’d only moved into th­ese premises about two weeks prior.

“The first break-in we had the glass in the door smashed and they got in and took all the com­put­ers but didn’t re­ally make a mess. Then about a week later they took out an­other panel and just ran­sacked the place. They took cam­eras, a laser mea­sure and some more com­put­ers.”

Thou­sands of pounds worth of of­fice equip­ment have been stolen along with dam­age to the prop­erty also run­ning into thou­sands of pounds.

Mr Stevens added: “Whether they thought it was a brand new of­fice or not I don’t know. For­tu­nately they will not have any ac­cess to any of our clients’ per­sonal de­tails and they are all backed up.

“The thing that up­set me the most was that they took two col­lec­tion boxes that we have - one for the Pil­grims Hospice and an­other for the Kent Air Am­bu­lance. It didn’t mat­ter how much was in them you have to be lower than the low to do that.”

Po­lice are ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses to the breakins that hap­pened overnight on De­cem­ber 6 and De­cem­ber 15. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call po­lice on 01303 289180.

Pic­ture: Martin App­sPD1657212

Andy Stevens of Stevens and Co which suf­fered its sec­ond bur­glary in a week

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