Burglars hit Post Office for third time in £1,100 raid

Police cordon around the Post Office on Lake Avenue on the Mildenhall estate in Bury St Edmunds.

Police cordon around the Post Office on Lake Avenue on the Mildenhall estate in Bury St Edmunds.

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Burglars made off with £1,100 worth of goods after breaking into a Post Office in Bury St Edmunds in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

They smashed a window and broke into the front of the shop in Lake Avenue at around 12.30am, stealing lottery scratchcards, two boxes of cigarettes and two till trays, each containing £50 in cash.

Paul Luke, owner and postmaster of 22 years, said he thought the sound of the shop’s alarm, which alerts police directly, would have scared the intruders.

“As soon as they came in, the alarm would have gone off,” said the 60-year-old, who was impressed by the quick response of police.

He arrived at the shop at 12.45am to find three police cars and a police dog unit.

The shop opened four hours late on Tuesday to allow police time to gather evidence and review CCTV.

“Mindless greed inconveniences the rest of the community, said Mr Luke, who is keen to retrieve the till trays, believing they could now be ‘obsolete’.

Two previous burglaries have seen the shop’s front and back doors replaced with steel. The latest burglary, the worst in terms of theft, will see metal bars installed on all its windows.

“I’ve got to put bars in now or else I wouldn’t sleep,” said Mr Luke, adding “I hope this will be the last one.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Pc Jonathan Burke at Suffolk Police on 101.