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WATCH: £5,000 stolen in raid on Tipton business

By Richard Guttridge | Tipton | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

Thieves got away with up to £5,000 when they stole a safe during a raid on a travel firm.

A still from CCTV footage which has been passed on to police

Basharat Khan has been left counting the cost of the break-in at Aqib Currency Exchange in Tividale Road, Tipton. The firm was targeted again this week, but this time the would-be intruders failed to get in and left empty-handed.

The raiders managed to prise the safe away from a wall inside the premises before placing it into a wheelie bin outside as they made their getaway.

WATCH: CCTV shows suspected burglars

Business raided in Tipton

They were captured on CCTV and the footage has been passed to the police, who have launched an investigation.

The business was targeted first on January 22 before the second attempt on Tuesday.

Mr Khan arrived to find his office ransacked and the safe gone.

Basharat Khan surveys the damage caused in the raid as he stands in front of the new steel shutter he has installed

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He said: "They spent an hour and a half breaking into the steel shutters. The safe was bolted to a wall, they damaged the wall to get to the safe.

"I opened the shutters and one of the barbers from next door saw it and said 'what's happened?' The wall was damaged and the drawers of the desk were all over the place.

"Then in the early hours of Tuesday they tried to get through the roof."

The businessman has been left counting the cost of the raid

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The business owner said he had stepped up security measures after being targeted twice in two weeks.

He added: "There are more steel doors in place, more alarm sensors and increased CCTV.

"There needs to be more protection around here because this is a bad area."

Inquiries ongoing

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: "Police were called to a burglary at Aqib Currency Exchange, Tividale Road, Tipton, which is believed to have happened sometime between 1.20am and 9.10am on January 22.

"Burglars managed to gain access to the premises and made off with a safe containing cash.

A still from the CCTV footage which has been passed on to police

"CCTV has been recovered and inquiries are ongoing.

"Officers also received reports of an attempted burglary at the same location just after 2.30am on Tuesday. They failed to gain entry to the premises.

"Anyone with information can contact us via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight, call 101 anytime or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting 20SW/17952T/19 for January 22 or 20SW/29922A/19 for February 5."

Richard Guttridge

By Richard Guttridge
Investigations Editor - @RichG_star

Investigations Editor for the Express & Star.

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