Ramraiders break into Finchampstead shop with van, awakening neighbours before the police arrive

Clumsy ram raiders make so much noise when they break into the shop that they wake up the neighbors – who then dial 999 so fast that the police arrive and arrest the hapless crooks

  • Thieves used a van to break into a One Stop store in Finchampstead
  • Local residents tipped off the police, who arrested the two men on the spot
  • Photos show the extensive damage done before the vehicle was impounded

Ram raiders made so much noise during a break-in at a convenience store in the Berkshire village of Finchampstead that they woke the neighbors before being arrested on the spot.

Several local residents called police after hearing a van drive out of a window and security bars at the One Stop store on Wednesday.

Photos show the extensive damage done before the stolen van was seized at the scene.

The thieves smashed a large pane of glass before attaching ropes around the frame and using a white Checkatrade van to yank it from the storefront.

A huge amount of damage was done to the One Stop store in Barkham Ride after thieves yanked a van from the window frame. The perpetrators are two men aged 27 and 30

A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police said on Thursday evening: ‘At around 11.47pm on Wednesday, officers were called to a shop in Barkham Ride by some members of the public, with reports suggesting trespassers were attempting to gain access to the shop using a van.

Officers attended and arrested two men, aged 27 and 30, both from Surrey. They have been arrested on suspicion of burglary and are currently detained.

“An investigation is underway.”

Police Were Tipped Off By Neighbours. They Arrived In Time To Make Arrests On The Spot. The Store Has Been The Target Of Burglars Several Times

Police were tipped off by neighbours. They arrived in time to make arrests on the spot. The store has been the target of burglars several times

Passers-by said the store had been looted as the thieves searched for cigarettes and bottles of liquor.

The same store had been rammed and broken into on a number of previous occasions, but this was thought to be the first time robbers had been arrested while committing the crime in the store.

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