Ram-raiders smash through front of Zest Frozen Yoghurt shop in Bradford (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Ram-raiders smash through front of Zest Frozen Yoghurt shop in Bradford
8:00am Friday 4th October 2013 in News
A Bradford businessman has condemned an attack on his frozen yoghurt shop in which ram-raiders tried to steal a valuable ice-cream making machine.
Two men used a silver Ford Mondeo to smash through the front of the Zest Frozen Yoghurt shop, in Leeds Road, and attempted to make off with a 280kg piece of equipment.
They were only thwarted when they were confronted and chased by a man at a neighbouring house, who had heard the break-in at about 5am yesterday.
Mr Wilson, who later watched footage of the crime caught on a nearby shop’s security cameras, said: “The whole incident only lasted two and a half minutes.
“I’m surprised they could move the machine at all as it took four of us to lift it in and connect it.
“You could see them jump out of the car, but they left as soon as they were disturbed. It is an expensive piece of kit, so I can only assume they were trying to steal it to sell it on for its second-hand value.”
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police confirmed that a silver Mondeo had been used to smash the front window of the shop and said the two men were last seen fleeing the scene towards Bradford city centre. They could not confirm reports that the car had been stolen.
Mr Wilson spent most of yesterday tidying up after the raid and, subject to re-connecting the saved machine, was hoping to be open for business again today.
He said: “I’ve had people come up to me at the shop today saying how shocked and outraged they are, and the whole thing has certainly been frustrating.”
Numerous messages of support were also left on the business’ Facebook page, with customers condemning the thieves.
The restaurant was also targeted in March, when thieves broke in and stole the cash box, and Mr Wilson admits the incidents are setbacks he could do without.
“It’s tough, as it is difficult enough to start and run this type of business,” he said. “You certainly don’t need things like this happening. It’s all just so unnecessary.”
Police said that an investigation into the break-in was continuing and that officers were waiting for further details from relevant neighbourhood policing teams.
Anyone with information about the raid should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.