Noisy bur­glars fail in post of­fice raid

‘Skinny’ man sought af­ter win­dows smashed

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Special Report - By Ai­dan Bar­low

Po­lice are hunt­ing for would-be thieves who smashed the win­dows of a vil­lage post of­fice dur­ing an at­tempted break-in.

Pluck­ley Post Of­fice owner Sena Satheesuaran said he heard the crash of the win­dows in the shop below his flat be­tween 9pm and 10pm on Satur­day.

Thieves first tried to break in through some of the smaller win­dows but could not get in­side, lead­ing them to smash the larger win­dow.

But the two men fled once Mr Satheesuaran opened his own win­dow to check what was go­ing on. He has since passed on CCTV im­ages to the po­lice.

He said: “First of all they tried to smash a win­dow but they couldn’t get in­side be­cause of the shelves and then they tried to break the big glass.

“I live in the flat above and heard a big bang so I opened my win­dow. They were mak­ing a big noise and then they were on their way.”

Mr Satheesuaran marked 10 years run­ning the vil­lage post of­fice last week, but his plans for a cel­e­bra­tion are now on hold un­til the end of next week.

Pluck­ley Neigh­bour­hood Watch co-or­di­na­tor Martin Cham­bers has asked for any­one with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact the po­lice. He be­lieves the main sus­pect is a man who was wear­ing a red base­ball cap with blue jeans and a light brown coat.

He said: “They didn’t get into the shop, but they sus­pect one of the men had been at the shop three times to try to buy cig­a­rettes on Satur­day. When he tried to pay his credit card was de­clined, so he then just scarpered.

“They are pretty sure it was he who came back later that evening as he was quite skinny.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact the po­lice on 101 and quote ref­er­ence ZY/004105/16.

Pic­ture: Pluck­ley Neigh­bour­hood Watch

Pluck­ley Post Of­fice, boarded up af­ter the break-in at­tempt

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