Uppermill restaurant warns other businesses to be alert after daylight theft

AN UPPERMILL restaurant owner is warning other businesses to be on the look-out after a daylight theft at his premises.

On Wednesday, March 1 a pair of men entered Rioja Tapas and while one of the men talked to a staff member, the other stole a mobile phone from a coat hanging nearby.

Lee Millward, owner of Rioja, posted their CCTV footage of the incident on Facebook to warn others, and he also reported the incident to the police.

(Video thanks to Lee Millward via Facebook)

He wrote on Facebook: “Look out thieves about in Uppermill tonight.

“Came to Rioja at 5pm and stole a member of staffs phone from their coat on the rack.
One distracted while the other stole!

“They were doing the rounds I think and were carrying a Muse flyer so had probably already been there! We have CCTV. Just wish we had realised what was happening sooner!”

Mr Millward told the Independent that this has not happened to them before, and there is no update on anyone being caught but enquiries are ongoing.

A GMP spokesperson confirmed: “Police were called at around 6.35pm on Wednesday 1 March 2017 to reports of a theft at a restaurant on High Street, Uppermill.

“Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting reference number 1842 of 01/03/17 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”


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