Burglars strip café of all its catering equipment five days after opening

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A new café in Hull has been left devastated after burglars broke in and stole all its catering equipment, five days after it opened for business.

Thieves broke into Café la Pierre and made off with thousands of pounds worth of kitchen equipment, as well as the till, a TV and other items.

Humberside Police told the Hull Daily Mail that nobody has been arrested and investigations are ongoing.

Although the cafe has reopened, owner Agnieszka Pogoda told the paper that the incident has left it shaken especially as it received an abusive message through the door a week later.

Ms Pogda said the first that she knew about the theft was when a staff member turned up for work and found the place trashed.

“Everything was smashed or stolen. A lot of things that wouldn’t even want, they ripped off shelves and smashed bottles of spirits, and stole our kitchen equipment.

“I was shocked. We’d just opened. It looks like it was planned and it just makes me worry that something else might happen. We don’t have money to keep fixing and replacing things.”

An ice cream machine, a fridge, a freezer and other pieces of catering equipment were stolen. The burglars also smashed glass bottles of spirits on the floor and kicked over tables and chairs.

The break-in occurred between 8.20pm and 10pm on 10 November. Her son Dawid, who helps her in the café, said: “They used a key to pull up the metal shutter. It was taken from behind the bar, but we don’t know when or who did it.

“We had a metal bike chain around the door handles, which they’ve cut, and they seem to have used a crowbar to break through.

“It feels like there was a vendetta. A lot of stuff wasn’t nicked, it was just smashed up. And they stole a £1 bin. They weren’t robbing us for the money.

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