Smash-and-grab, again

Thieves ploughed through the garden, attempting to ram-raid Stirling Sports Cambridge on Sunday morning. Pictured: Owner Sarah Nicholl.

Stirling Sports Cambridge was the target of yet another ram raid last weekend. For third time in the last 14 months, thieves reversed their vehicle into the shop front early on Sunday morning.

Ploughing through the street garden and into the window, the car wasn’t able to enter the store, but thieves were able to steal items through the window from the shopfront display.

Having lost thousands of dollars in the previous ram raids in August 2016 and March 2017, increased security measures had lessened the impact of Sunday’s raid.

Owner Sarah Nicholl couldn’t confirm the value of the items stolen, though the front window and door would need to be replaced. She was glad their high-quality security footage had captured the incident, which is currently being viewed by police.

Nicholl said the thieves concealed their identity, but they had identified a silver car, believed to be a Mazda.

A security company responded to the incident immediately after the burglars activated the alarm around 4am on Sunday, and called the police who were quick to arrive on the scene.

“The police have been really helpful through all of this,” Nicholl said. “They have caught them the last two times so they have a pretty good strike rate.”

Thieves involved in the previous burglaries have been charged and appeared in court.

Police were asking for witnesses of Sunday’s incident to come forward. Anyone with information should phone Cambridge Police on (07) 827 5531 or to make an anonymous report phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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