Johnny Cash Pawnbrokers smash-and-grab in Epsom High Street - thousands stolen

Johnny Cash Pawnbrokers, in Epsom High Street, was robbed for a second time in two months

Johnny Cash Pawnbrokers, in Epsom High Street, was robbed for a second time in two months

Johnny Cash Pawnbrokers, in Epsom High Street, was robbed for a second time in two months

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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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3:41pm Tue 10 Jun 14

EwellMan says...

This would not have happened if we had the police station in Epsom!!!

Maybe Kevin Hurley can explain what he is doing to sort out the massive increase in crime in Epsom and Ewell? Also might want to explain how cost saving moving the police into the Town Hall has saved money when loads of council staff have been moved into a private rented office in the upper hight steet?
This would not have happened if we had the police station in Epsom!!! Maybe Kevin Hurley can explain what he is doing to sort out the massive increase in crime in Epsom and Ewell? Also might want to explain how cost saving moving the police into the Town Hall has saved money when loads of council staff have been moved into a private rented office in the upper hight steet? EwellMan
  • Score: 5

4:24pm Tue 10 Jun 14

jswan1 says...

Disgusting, absolutely disgusting. I am not a fan of the pawn business, but these scumbags have no right to break into the shop and steal from it. These two really need to be taught a lesson about respecting people and their property. But of course, even if they are caught I'm sure the punishment will be nothing to deter them from offending again. I see scumbags like these walking around in tracksuits in Epsom all the time. It really is time for somebody to start cleaning the scum off our streets.
Disgusting, absolutely disgusting. I am not a fan of the pawn business, but these scumbags have no right to break into the shop and steal from it. These two really need to be taught a lesson about respecting people and their property. But of course, even if they are caught I'm sure the punishment will be nothing to deter them from offending again. I see scumbags like these walking around in tracksuits in Epsom all the time. It really is time for somebody to start cleaning the scum off our streets. jswan1
  • Score: 2

7:33pm Tue 10 Jun 14

ratta-tutta-ya says...

EwellMan

I'm going to buy you a Police Station!!
EwellMan I'm going to buy you a Police Station!! ratta-tutta-ya
  • Score: 1

7:36pm Tue 10 Jun 14

ratta-tutta-ya says...

jswan1

So everyone who wears a Track Suit in Epsom is a Villain. O'dear better ban people in Shorts next!!
jswan1 So everyone who wears a Track Suit in Epsom is a Villain. O'dear better ban people in Shorts next!! ratta-tutta-ya
  • Score: -5

8:20pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

Of course it is just a coincidence that this happened just after the derby. I wonder how far the villains "travelled" to & from the job. Maybe they had a transit parked nearby. Also I understand that lots of plod who had to work 12 hour shifts over the Derby meeting, for which we are all grateful, were given time off rather than paying them overtime, which they deserved. So even less on duty than usual for a while.
Of course it is just a coincidence that this happened just after the derby. I wonder how far the villains "travelled" to & from the job. Maybe they had a transit parked nearby. Also I understand that lots of plod who had to work 12 hour shifts over the Derby meeting, for which we are all grateful, were given time off rather than paying them overtime, which they deserved. So even less on duty than usual for a while. Hove Ex-Pat
  • Score: -1

7:43am Wed 11 Jun 14

emelem says...

This story reminds me of the man who was killed in the betting shop. Most likely this will happen again so I would suggest getting out while you can. Consider yourself ahead of the game in that they only took some stuff and not your life.
This story reminds me of the man who was killed in the betting shop. Most likely this will happen again so I would suggest getting out while you can. Consider yourself ahead of the game in that they only took some stuff and not your life. emelem
  • Score: 1

11:36am Wed 11 Jun 14

EwellMan says...

ratta-tutta-ya wrote:
EwellMan

I'm going to buy you a Police Station!!
Dont need to buy one, just re-open the old one which is sitting their dormant.

It doesnt take a genuis to work out since the police station closed theat crime has steadily been on the increase. I think the old station needed some work to improve they could of possibly integrated with the Ambulance station next door so scaled it back a bit but the fact its closed due to so called improved policing or saving money is political bull especially when like i say the council then has to rent an office to compensate.

The police station had presence and the police were always going in and out and was manned 24hours a day unlike the Town hall degraded and poor service where all the police cars sit outside parked up.

I am just amazed that residents accept this and think its a good thing.
[quote][p][bold]ratta-tutta-ya[/bold] wrote: EwellMan I'm going to buy you a Police Station!![/p][/quote]Dont need to buy one, just re-open the old one which is sitting their dormant. It doesnt take a genuis to work out since the police station closed theat crime has steadily been on the increase. I think the old station needed some work to improve they could of possibly integrated with the Ambulance station next door so scaled it back a bit but the fact its closed due to so called improved policing or saving money is political bull especially when like i say the council then has to rent an office to compensate. The police station had presence and the police were always going in and out and was manned 24hours a day unlike the Town hall degraded and poor service where all the police cars sit outside parked up. I am just amazed that residents accept this and think its a good thing. EwellMan
  • Score: 0

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