Hooded thieves break into coffee shop through toilet window

Aston Clinton Coffee, London Road, Aston Clinton. Photo by Marcus Charter

Aston Clinton Coffee, London Road, Aston Clinton. Photo by Marcus Charter

  • Two suspects stole weekend takings from the till
  • Caused £350 worth of damage to window frame
  • Cafe owner says the crime is ‘shocking’
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Two hooded thieves broke into a village coffee shop through the toilet window and snatched cash from the till.

The theft happened at 6.45pm on Sunday, March 8 at Aston Clinton Coffee in Aston Clinton, where CCTV cameras picked up two suspects breaking the frame on the toilet window at the back of the cafe before climbing in.

It’s shocking. You don’t expect this sort of thing to happen in the village.

Timothy Taylor, cafe owner

The cafe, which is owned by local businessman Timothy Taylor, has been open just eight months and was empty at the time of the break in, but usually staff members would stay until 7pm to clear up on week days.

It wasn’t until Timothy’s mum Caroline came in with a colleague to open up yesterday morning and found the till empty that they realised something was wrong.

Mr Taylor, who lives in nearby Weston Road, said: “It’s shocking. You don’t expect this sort of thing to happen in the village.

“It’s worrying, because it would only just be dark at that time.

“It’s not the money, it’s more the about the fact this has put people on edge.

“The staff work a morning shift and an afternoon shift, but there’s often a few hours either end where they don’t overlap, and they’re in there on their own.

“I have female members of staff that are now worried to be there on their own in case someone tries to do it again.

“We’re going to have to rethink security now – are we going to have to put grills on the window?

“It’s going to cost about £350 to get the window replaced, and we’ll probably change the locks too.”

Mr Taylor said the person who got in would have to be ‘pretty skinny’, but the CCTV footage could not make out the suspects’ faces due to their hoods obscuring them.

He said: “We just cracked on like any normal day, but it is disappointing.”

Following the incident Mr Taylor posted on the Everything Aston Clinton Facebook page, where customers expressed their disbelief.

If you have any information, call police on 101.