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Watch: The moment thieves try to ram raid business with stolen BMW

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 January 2020

The attempted ram raid at CAN Fixings, captured by one of the security cameras at CAN Fixings. Insert of Nick Clover and Alan Freeman of CAN Fixings Photo: CAN Fixings

The attempted ram raid at CAN Fixings, captured by one of the security cameras at CAN Fixings. Insert of Nick Clover and Alan Freeman of CAN Fixings Photo: CAN Fixings

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A Norwich business owner said he was left feeling "wounded" after thieves stole goods worth £17,000 - and attempted to ram raid another store.

The attempted ram raid at CAN Fixings, captured by one of the security cameras at CAN Fixings. Photo: CAN FixingsThe attempted ram raid at CAN Fixings, captured by one of the security cameras at CAN Fixings. Photo: CAN Fixings

Three businesses on Mason Road in Mile Cross were targeted by thieves on Thursday, January 9 between 10pm and 11.50pm.

They forced entry and stole items from Norfolk and Norwich Upholstery, before taking £17,000 worth of power tools and a customer's black BMW Gran Turismo at Jojo's Auto Repair.

Nick Clover and Alan Freeman own CAN Fixings and caught CCTV footage of the moment a group tried to ram raid their business. Picture: Ruth LawesNick Clover and Alan Freeman own CAN Fixings and caught CCTV footage of the moment a group tried to ram raid their business. Picture: Ruth Lawes

CCTV footage shows the BMW was then used in an attempt to ram raid neighbouring business CAN Fixings.

While the thieves, who were all wearing hoodies, successfully smashed through the door they were unable to gain entry and were scared off by alarms.

The thieves were unsucessful in their attempt to ram raid CAN Fixings, but smashed in a door. Picture: Ruth LawesThe thieves were unsucessful in their attempt to ram raid CAN Fixings, but smashed in a door. Picture: Ruth Lawes

Owner of Jojo Auto Repair Ross, 37, who did not wish to give his surname, said the theft made him extremely angry because the loss of tools had now restricted work and business.

He added: "I'm wounded by it all. It will take years to replace everything as you have to do it bit by bit. It has really hit us."

CCTV images show thieves driving a stolen BMW into a door of CAN Fixings. Picture: Ruth LawesCCTV images show thieves driving a stolen BMW into a door of CAN Fixings. Picture: Ruth Lawes

His 43-year-old employee, who did not wanted to be named, said he felt violated as his work place has come to feel like home.

He added: "I've only worked here six weeks but it is like a family and it was upsetting coming in the next day. I can't do any mechanical work, only body repairs, because our tools were stolen. The thieves weren't professional, but they weren't stupid either."

Thieves targeted three businesses on Mason Road in Norwich. Picture: Ruth LawesThieves targeted three businesses on Mason Road in Norwich. Picture: Ruth Lawes

Nick Clover, 76, co-owner of CAN Fixings, said the incident left him feeling furious.

He added: "What the thieves will sell it for - which is next to nothing compared to the retail value - is just an insult to tradesmen. When you steal tools it is not just money, you are stopping someone from being able to work."

His business partner Alan Freeman, 64, said: "I am quite cheesed off to be honest. Although they didn't steal any of our items, they damaged the door. We are covered by insurance but there is excess to pay."

An investigation is currently ongoing and anyone with any information should contact Norfolk police on 101 and quote incident number 7 of Friday, January, 10.

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