Croydon car business 'devastated' after thefts
THE "brazen" theft of six high-end cars has left a business in tatters.
The Swift Centre in Imperial Way, Croydon, was targeted by four burglars early on Saturday.
Two burglars were caught on CCTV breaking into the centre shortly after midnight.
They stole two cars before returning two hours later with two others, stealing the remaining four cars.
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They also stole £4,000 in cash and the centre's log books, meaning the business is unable to operate until it can replace the important paperwork.
The vehicles stolen, which include a Mercedes and a BMW, are worth £60,000 in total.
Director Sheik Hassan has said his business has been devastated by the break-in.
"It is so completely brazen that they would hang around for a couple of hours and continue to come back to steal more," he told the Advertiser.
"I was on holiday when it happened but when I got the call on Saturday they said it was a complete mess. Papers and keys were scattered everywhere, there were even keys in the fridge. We can't sell anything until we get new logbooks and that could take six weeks.
"We're just completely devastated by what has happened, it's a complete nightmare. We have never been targeted before. If we could find the cars it would be excellent, so if anyone sees any of them on their drives please let us know."
Police are investigating the incident but have made no arrests at this stage.
The cars involved are: A silver Mercedes SL500 registration number YE0R VRG; White Audi TT Cabriolet registration number WL09 AFO; Black Mercedes C Class registration number KR05 NNM; Grey BMW 530 DM Sport registration number GK07 XHX; Audi AS S-line and Volvo C30 D5 Design.
Anyone with information is asked to call officers on 101. To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.