Man smashes way out of Ilford off licence with stolen £4 packet of cigarettes

The shop front of an off licence in Cranbrook Road has been smashed down by a thief who was trying t

The shop front of an off licence in Cranbrook Road has been smashed down by a thief who was trying to steal a packet of cigarettes. - Credit: Archant

This was the devastation left at an Ilford off licence after an unhappy customer smashed his way out the shop with a £4 packet of cigarettes this afternoon.

The incident happened at Drinks Are Us, in Cranbrook Road, around 2pm.

Manager Kamaljit Singh said the man wanted to pay for the pack of 10 on card but was told he would be charged extra because of the shop’s £5 minimum spend policy.

He added: “He didn’t say anything about being unhappy – he just picked up the fags and started walking out.

“My colleague locked the door and said he couldn’t leave with them but he kept walking out and smashed his way through.”


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Even with the added charge for card payment, the cigarettes would have cost around £4.

Mr Singh said the damage done to the door and shop front will cost thousands of pounds to repair.

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The glass panes from the door and windows fell onto the busy pavement but no one was injured.

Mr Singh said: “He was such a strong guy, the whole front is gone.

“It’s lucky no one was walking past.”

Redbridge Police could not be contacted for details of their investigation.

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