Thieves target Highams Park shop

Maria Briscoe with the necklace left by thieves

Maria Briscoe with the necklace left by thieves

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

A SHOP owner who was targeted by two female thieves posing as customers has warned other traders to be on their guard.

A young woman and an older companion who did not appear to speak English entered Willows Complementary Centre in The Broadway, Highams Park, today and appeared interested in treatments.

The receptionist, who was in the shop on her own at the time, was talking to them when the older woman asked to use the toilet.

She then asked for help to turn on the light but when the receptionist’s back was turned, the younger woman took £90 from the till.

One of the women then gave the receptionist a necklace before chanting the word Allah three times. The women then left and boarded the 212 bus towards Walthamstow.

The receptionist then soon noticed the money missing and raised the alarm.

Owner Maria Briscoe said: “We were robbed in broad daylight, I’m shocked. It makes me really angry because they’re targeting small businesses who don’t have as many staff so they can pull these kind of tricks.

“It’s frightening that this can happen in the middle of the day.”

The theft has been reported to the police.

The women are described as being of Roma gypsy appearance and the older woman was wearing a headscarf.

Anyone with information is asked to call Police on 101.

The Metropolitan Police said: "Thieves are always looking out for an opportunity. If you are a business owner and the public have access to areas where you keep personal belongings, please keep them locked away.

"If anyone has any information, please contact Hale End and Highams Park Safer Neighbourhoods Team on 020 8721 2646.

Keep all cash and valuables, such as mobile phones out of sight. Smart phones and media players are becoming must-have items for many people - that includes criminals too. They simply see these items as cash."

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4:20pm Thu 12 Jan 12

Walthamster says...

This kind of thing costs more than money.

These thieves took advantage of the receptionist's kindness. She'll probably think twice before trusting anyone again. And so a deserving person may miss out on an act of kindness they need.

Every time this happens, we lose a bit more trust and neighbourliness, a bit more of what makes a society comfortable to live in.
This kind of thing costs more than money. These thieves took advantage of the receptionist's kindness. She'll probably think twice before trusting anyone again. And so a deserving person may miss out on an act of kindness they need. Every time this happens, we lose a bit more trust and neighbourliness, a bit more of what makes a society comfortable to live in. Walthamster
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5:52pm Fri 13 Jan 12

G_Whiz says...

Blimey, if it was up to the police we would all be living behind 20 foot walls and barbed wire!

Maybe we will have to soon, no deterrents, so crime pays. In a london where we see traffic wardens 10 a penny but hardly ever a copper on the Beat - it's no surprise!
Blimey, if it was up to the police we would all be living behind 20 foot walls and barbed wire! Maybe we will have to soon, no deterrents, so crime pays. In a london where we see traffic wardens 10 a penny but hardly ever a copper on the Beat - it's no surprise! G_Whiz
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12:32am Sat 14 Jan 12

mickbear88 says...

This nonsense has been going on for years. The latest disguise of choice for the wannabe robber is the Burka.
This nonsense has been going on for years. The latest disguise of choice for the wannabe robber is the Burka. mickbear88
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1:45am Wed 1 Feb 12

Walthamforest1993 says...

Out of all things to remember or include why 'Allah 3 times' because i am sure that will help catch the thieves. Stupid reporters my local shop got robbed for a can of coke and the thieves chanted **** five times Joe.
Out of all things to remember or include why 'Allah 3 times' because i am sure that will help catch the thieves. Stupid reporters my local shop got robbed for a can of coke and the thieves chanted **** five times Joe. Walthamforest1993
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8:50am Wed 1 Feb 12

Walthamster says...

Walthamforest1993 wrote:
Out of all things to remember or include why 'Allah 3 times' because i am sure that will help catch the thieves. Stupid reporters my local shop got robbed for a can of coke and the thieves chanted **** five times Joe.
Criminals often repeat a technique that has worked for them. So a description is useful to warn the rest of us.

This is pretty obvious - it's one reason why crimes are reported in newspapers. The reporter isn't being stupid. I will be polite about you.
[quote][p][bold]Walthamforest1993[/bold] wrote: Out of all things to remember or include why 'Allah 3 times' because i am sure that will help catch the thieves. Stupid reporters my local shop got robbed for a can of coke and the thieves chanted **** five times Joe.[/p][/quote]Criminals often repeat a technique that has worked for them. So a description is useful to warn the rest of us. This is pretty obvious - it's one reason why crimes are reported in newspapers. The reporter isn't being stupid. I will be polite about you. Walthamster
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