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Burglar targets family-run coffee shop and steals £1,500

PUBLISHED: 10:05 25 February 2020 | UPDATED: 09:05 27 February 2020

Shop manager Jason Hood with partner Rosanna Dunn and their son in the family-run business. Picture: Rosanna Dunn

Shop manager Jason Hood with partner Rosanna Dunn and their son in the family-run business. Picture: Rosanna Dunn

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The owners of a family-run coffee shop in the city have expressed their dismay after their café was broken into.

Family-run café Locomotion Coffee was broken into. Picture: Rosanna DunnFamily-run café Locomotion Coffee was broken into. Picture: Rosanna Dunn

A thief targeted Locomotion Coffee, based in The Garage Theatre in Chapelfield North, at 7.26pm on Sunday, February 23.

It is believed that a lone man, wearing a light hoodie and a scarf covering his face, gained entry to the courtyard behind the building via the Coach and Horses pub, before going on prise open a window, according to Rosanna Dunn.

Around £1,500 was taken from the cash register, along with money in the staff tip jar and a bottle of vodka.

"We hadn't cashed up for the weekend," said Miss Dunn, whose partner, Jason Hood, runs the coffee shop. "We're kicking ourselves a little bit.

Shop manager Jason Hood with his son in the family-run business. Picture: Rosanna DunnShop manager Jason Hood with his son in the family-run business. Picture: Rosanna Dunn

"It's a lot of money to lose, especially for a business of our size. My partner Jason runs it with his family and they also own Aroma in Tombland, but it's a lot of money."

The coffee shop and Garage Theatre, the building in which Locomotion is based, were both closed.

She said that no damage had been done to the inside of the coffee shop and, after forensics team had finished their work on Monday morning, they were able to reopen.

"Luckily the coffee machine is okay. That would have been a disaster. We're a coffee shop - we wouldn't be able to function without the coffee machine."

The Coach and Horses pub behind the building was open, and Miss Dunn believes that someone may have seen what happened.

She said: "There would have been quite a lot of people around at the time, so hopefully someone might have seen what happened.

"I'd like to think that someone would have noticed something going on."

A spokesperson for Norfolk Police said: "Police received a report of burglary that happened between approximately 7pm and 7.30pm on Sunday, February 23. A business premise in Chapelfield, Norwich was broken into and a large quantity of cash was stolen.

"Enquiries are ongoing."

Miss Dunn has now launched a crowdfunding campaign in the hope of recouping some of the money taken and improving security.

She said: "We really need to get the money back if we can. As a family-run business, it affects us quite a lot more than if it were one of the bigger places."

To donate, visit Locomotion Coffee's GoFundMe page.


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