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VIDEO: Van raiders steal £4,000 in cash

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  • by Elizabeth Broughton
 

A DELIVERY driver’s round ended up costing more than he bargained for after opportunist thieves swiped thousands of pounds from his cab.

The driver was delivering to the Best-One shop in Anchorsholme when a thief forced his way into the cab and escaped with two plastic carrier bags stuffed full of cash, while another man acted as a look-out.

And police have today revealed the thieves could have fled the scene with as much as £4,000 from the unlucky driver.

The thieves struck after the driver, from a Darwen-based cash and carry firm, went into the back of his van to sort out the shop’s order.

Sam Singh, 33, owner of the shop, was overseeing the delivery when one of the thieves, who was carrying a black holdall, raided the van’s cab.

He said: “While the men were unloading the lorry there was a man trying to break into it by fiddling with the passenger side door.

“He was waiting at the front of the truck for them to go into the shop, then he got a device out and opened the door.

“The money was in the cab and he’s spent a few seconds in there taking the cash.”

Police are now appealing to anyone who saw the pair in the area last Thursday lunchtime to get in touch.

PC Lucy Partington, from Blackpool Police, who is investigating the incident, said: “There is a row of shops on Eastpines Drive and given it was lunchtime I would have imagined there would have been a few people about.

“If people recognise the description of these men then I would ask them to get in touch.”

The first man is described as being aged between 60 and 65 and approximately 5ft 3in tall with grey hair.

He was wearing glasses, a black jacket, and blue jeans.

The second man was carrying the holdall and is said to be around 50 years old.

He is described as around 5ft 8in tall, of medium build and was wearing a blue hat, a black jacket with a yellow high visibility top and navy blue jeans.

The driver was driving a Mitsubishi box van, which was targeted around 12.50pm last Thursday.

PC Partington added: “I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and who witnessed the incident to come forward and contact the police.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101.

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