Police appeal after garage ransacked

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a three-hour destruction spree at a Suffolk garage was caught on closed circuit television cameras.The dramatic video footage clearly shows three young males causing thousands of pounds of damage to the John Banks Honda garage in Kempson Way, Bury St Edmunds, on Thursday .

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a three-hour destruction spree at a Suffolk garage was caught on closed circuit television cameras.

The dramatic video footage clearly shows three young males causing thousands of pounds of damage to the John Banks Honda garage in Kempson Way, Bury St Edmunds, on Thursday .

Last night managing director Mark Banks said he hoped the recording would put the three "behind bars where they belong".

As well as smashing windows on 15 cars in the garage compound, the youngsters, who are all thought to be in their late teens or early 20s, stole nine car stereos and a Herchee moped worth £1,500.


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"We were alerted to the incident when our delivery man got to the garage at around 5.30am ," said Mr Banks.

"They obviously didn't realise they were being watched but the incident was caught on three hours of CCTV footage, which has now been handed over to the police.

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"You can see the whole thing from start to finish, from the moment they enter the yard to the moment they leave with the scooter at around 11pm," he said.

During the incident the three boys threw items at windows, smashed all the doors on a storage shed, broke into a car transport lorry, and generally ransacked the site.

Mr Banks said: "It looked as though they were just out to cause as much damage as they possible could and I am absolutely furious.

"It is not even the monetary value of the things they stole that is the problem, but it is the inconvenience of all the damage, and they even smashed the windows on three cars belonging to customers.

"Someone must know who these youngsters are and I only hope that they are recognised from the CCTV footage.

"Someone also broke into the showroom over the Easter Bank Holiday and stole a quad bike, but other than putting so much security around the compound that it makes the place like a prison, I don't know what else I can do."

All three boys are described as wearing dark hooded tops, two were wearing dark trousers and one was wearing light trousers.

A police spokesman said: "We would appeal to anyone who has information relating to this offence to contact us as a matter of priority.

"Whoever did this must have made a substantial amount of noise so someone may have heard the commotion."

Contact Pc Alison Huntley at Bury Police Station on 01284 774100.

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