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Johnny Cash Pawnbrokers smash-and-grab in Epsom High Street - thousands stolen
Robbers smashed their way into a pawnbrokers and grabbed £6,000 worth of electronics this morning - the second time it has been raided in two months.
Johnny Cash Pawnbrokers, in Epsom High Street, was targeted by two robbers at 12:45am, when they broke the front door of the shop, climbed through a window and then smashed the shop’s cabinets to steal Ipads, cameras, phones and tablet computers.
John Freeze, the shop's owner, is so upset by this second raid that he is considering closing down the retail business.
He said: "I’m trying to help others and they’re just helping themselves. What’s the value of it if I keep getting robbed?"
Mr Freeze the security alarms of the shop sounded and he was at the scene within minutes, as were police officers with sniffer dogs.
He said the perpetrators were captured clearly on the shop's CCTV, as well as by CCTV footage from the town centre after they fled.
The owner said he recognises one of the robbers, who he suspects is a customer.
Surrey Police said two men, who made off towards Church Street, are wanted in connection with the incident.
The first is white, of large build, around 6ft 2 inches tall, who was wearing light coloured tracksuit bottoms with a light coloured hoodie with the hood up. He was also wearing gloves.
The second is white, of medium build, wearing a light coloured tracksuit with the hood up. He was also wearing gloves and had a scarf covering his face.
In April, robbers snatched Rolex watches from the shop worth £12,000. The shop was also robbed in 2011.
Customers are loaned money by the shop, in return for valuable items, held by the shop as security.
If the money is not paid back, the items are displayed by Mr Freeze in the shop and sold to customers who visit it.
Mr Freeze said he will usually "hold off" selling items to give customers as long as possible to repay their loans to him.
But after the latest assault on his shop, Mr Freeze said he is now "seriously considering" closing the retail side of the business.
Instead of holding off on selling items out of goodwill, he said he will now simply auction items off privately if money is not repaid on time.
He said: "We all have hard times, me included.
"I’m seriously considering getting rid of the retail side because if we didn’t have stuff on the premises, there’d be nothing to rob."
Detective Sergeant Ian Cherrington, of Surrey Police, said: "Although this was the early hours of the morning, somebody may have seen the two suspects in the build-up to this or know of their whereabouts afterwards.
"The items that have been taken are highly popular for re-sale, and so we would urge the public to be aware if you are offered any electrical items at reduced prices."
Anyone who has information should contact the police using its online reporting system found at www.surrey.police.uk, or by calling 101 and quoting reference 45140047458, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
The shop will be holding an antiques valuation day on Saturday, June 14, in aid of Shooting Stars Chase Children’s Hospice.
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