Thieves steal safe from kindergarten

A HOLLYWOOD heist it isn't, but the hallmarks of this burglary could come straight out of a crime caper.Police are today hunting for clues after a hole-in-the-wall-gang carried out “the Ipswich job” on - of all things - a kindergarten.

A HOLLYWOOD heist it isn't, but the hallmarks of this burglary could come straight out of a crime caper.

Police are today hunting for clues after a hole-in-the-wall-gang carried out “the Ipswich job” on - of all things - a kindergarten.

Staff at Ipswich Private Kindergarten in Woodbridge Road, have been left baffled by the burglary which involved a wall being bashed out in the exact position of the safe.

The hefty safe, which contained around £1,200, was pilfered from the scene and believed to have been taken away in the business' wheelie bin.


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Manager at the kindergarten, 27-year-old Jacqui Mayes, said: “We were so shocked that we were targeted when we are just a nursery.

“They caused such damage to get in. It seemed premeditated.

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“It does look like they had the right tools for the job.”

Ms Mayes said staff at the kindergarten, which employs around 20 people and has 130 children on its books, cannot figure out how anybody knew the safe was there or how much cash it contained.

She said: “Nobody could possibly know how much money was in there and the safe could not be seen through the window as the window is tinted.

“One thing we have noticed is that our wheelie bin has been stolen.

“We believe they used a wheel barrow to move the safe from the office to the wheelie bin and have then used the wheelie bin to take it away.”

“Police have been and the scene has been fingerprinted.

“We can only hope that someone is caught for the burglary.”

A spokeswoman for Suffolk police said the burglary is believed to have happened at some time between 5pm on Sunday and 7.30am on Monday.

Anyone with information on the heist is asked to contact Pc Joseph Askham on 01473 613500.

n> Have you been the victim of an elaborate heist? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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