Knives and charity money stolen in Harrogate shop burglary

Money from three charity collection tins and a number of knives have been stolen in the burglary of a Harrogate sandwich shop.

Tuesday, 7th January 2020, 1:57 pm
Updated Tuesday, 7th January 2020, 2:17 pm

The incident happened at the Thug Sandwich Company on Albert Street some time between 6pm yesterday and 6am today, Tuesday.

Police are appealing for information, and the owner of the shop, Daniel Bell, has thanked the Harrogate community for their support in a difficult 24 hours for the business.

He said: "I’d just like to thank everyone who has messaged and popped in to see me to check that we are OK, and offered use of equipment.

The incident happened at the Thug Sandwich Company on Albert Street some time between 6pm yesterday and 6am this morning, Tuesday,

"It's just a shame that small independent businesses are being targeted recently. We are the businesses who can’t take the financial hit. And I just feel disappointed that someone would do this."

A North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: "Offenders gained entry via a door window, a till, charity boxes and knives were stolen.

"Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 12200003440."

A message to customers on the Thug Sandwich Company Facebook page reads: "Please be patient with us today... the real THUGS got us last night. We're still going to open today...they aren't taking that away from us too.

"They've taken the till (empty), charity boxes and a few other bits and bobs. The way the till system was set up meant it printed out order tickets, so we're going to have to resort to the old fashioned handwriting for now! This will understandably slow us down a tad, so we'd be very appreciative if you could bear with us until we get everything back in place. (P.S. feel free to bring gifts to make us feel better."