Gang snatch cash and gems at post office
Between eight and 10 men and women carry out distraction burglary where ‘large amount’ of jewellery and money stolen
ALARGE amount of Asian jewellery and cash was stolen from a post office. Police said a gang of up to ten men and women entered the Britannia Post Office branch on Rochdale Road, before some of them began ‘distracting the proprietors’.
After gaining access to the home upstairs they took a ‘large quantity of Asian jewellery and cash’ before running off.
Officers have released CCTV of three people they would like to identify.
An online fundraising appeal has been launched to raise £1,000 for the couple who run the post office.
ALARGE amount of Asian jewellery and cash was stolen from a post office in a distraction burglary.
A gang of between eight and ten men and women arrived at Britannia Post Office in a large people carrier.
Police said the entire group entered the branch on Rochdale Road with part of them ‘distracting the proprietors’ while others ‘gained access’ to the home upstairs.
Once inside the property they took a ‘large quantity of Asian jewellery and cash’ before all gang members ran from the post office and drove off onto New Line in Bacup.
The incident happened at around 4.50pm on Friday, December 21 and officers have released images of three people picked up on the post office CCTV system.
A Rossendale Police spokesperson said: “We are carrying out a number of enquiries into this incident, however we are appealing for the public’s assistance.
“The image has been captured from the internal CCTV system and we are keen to identify the three people present.
“If you have information on whom they are or that could lead us locating them please get in touch.”
Police said the people carrier was travelling from the direction of Bacup towards Whitworth before stopping at the post office.
They have asked any witnesses, or customers present in the post office at the time, or anyone who saw anything suspicious around the time stated to contact PC Nolan by emailing [email protected] lancashire. pnn. police. uk and quoting log number 1033 of December 21.
It is the second time the post office has been targeted by offenders in the last three years.
The Free Press reported in 2015 how two ‘amateurish’ robbers terrorised Komal Goplani and her husband Sunny with an air pistol and baton.
They were jailed for a total of 12 years.
An online fundraising appeal has been launched since the latest incident to raise £1,000 for the couple.
Stevie Fitton wrote: “[Sunny] and his wife are the salt of the earth people and I realise money we raise will not replace valuable family items [ but] maybe a little cash could restore their faith in people and realise they are cared for in our community.”
To donate visit www. gofundme. com/ brittania-post-office-robbery.
Police want to trace these three people following the raid
Three people at the branch on Rochdale Road police want to identify