Potters Bar business targeted by brazen burglar

PUBLISHED: 17:22 18 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:22 18 September 2018

CRE8 manager Colin Levy inside his shop after two computers were stolen. Picture: DANNY LOO

CRE8 manager Colin Levy inside his shop after two computers were stolen. Picture: DANNY LOO

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The manager of a successful Potters Bar business has described his shock and disappointment after his High Street premises were burgled.

CRE8 manager Colin Levy outside his shop. Picture: DANNY LOOCRE8 manager Colin Levy outside his shop. Picture: DANNY LOO

The culprit was caught on CCTV, first managing to somehow open the shutter and then fiddling around before opening the door.

Once inside the thief did not take long to quickly unplug two high-value computers, put them screen to screen, cover them in a sheet and walk out with them.

Colin Levy is the manager of Cre8business, which was targeted on the night of Monday, September 10.

He said: “It’s quite a shock really.

“They unplugged two iMac computers very quickly.”

The thief wore a baseball cap and left in the direction of Canada Life.

Mr Levy added: “He looked like he had an earpiece in so whether he had a driver waiting or an accomplice, I don’t know.

“It was very organised.

“They targeted what they wanted.

“They came straight in and straight out.

“It’s just the aftermath now because all the passwords have had to be changed.

“There’s nothing on the hard drives.

“It’s just the inconvenience.”

The police forensics team was quick to visit the business premises and police have been in regular contact with Mr Levy, who is now offering a substantial reward for information that leads to the return of the two computers in their original condition.

He said: “It’s an established business with a good reputation.

“I don’t know if the person responsible came in as a customer to have a look.

“I don’t know if this has happened anywhere else in the town.”

Crebusiness opened in Potters Bar in April 2008 and since then has provided hundreds of local and national businesses with design, print and web services, as well as vehicle graphics.

A police spokeswoman said: “Police are investigating.

“Between 5.30pm on September 10 and 9.30am on September 11, two Apple Mac desktops were taken from Cre8 in the High Street.

“Any witnesses or anyone with information should contact Hertfordshire Constabulary on the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference 41/35715/18.”

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