/ Shop takings stolen by thieves

Police are hunting thieves who carried out a smash-and-grab raid on a car to steal shop takings from the passenger seat in Stockport.

The thieves rode a scooter up to the victim’s car, smashed the passenger window and stole a handbag containing a substantial amount of cash.

The drama unfolded at about 1pm on Monday 3 December 2012 when the victim, a shopkeeper, drove along Broadstone Road in the direction of Manchester Road on his way to the bank.

He pulled up at a red light at the junction with Manchester Road and two men on a silver or dark coloured scooter drove up the pavement and pulled up alongside the passenger window.

The rear passenger smashed the window, reached in and grabbed the bag containing cash.

The scooter then rode over the pavement at the junction, turning right onto Manchester Road towards the A6, where it turned right and headed towards Manchester.

Both thieves were wearing motorcycle helmets, but the driver was wearing a yellow high viz coat, a light coloured motor cycle helmet and dark trousers.  The passenger was wearing a grey hoodie.

Detective Constable Kay Paterson, based at Stockport Volume Crime Team, said: “This was a brazen theft carried out at a busy junction during a busy time of day.

“As a result I am confident that other motorists or passersby would have seen what happened. I also believe these thieves may have been hanging round the area prior to the incident so I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time to contact us if they saw anything untoward.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Stockport Volume Crime Team on 0161 856 9769 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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