A Preston business owner enjoying his first holiday in five years returned back to work to find his offices had been broken into.Advertisement
Lee Petts, managing director of 52M Consulting, has released CCTV images following the incident.
Mr Petts said the CCTV footage showed a man smash their way through one of the entrance windows at the firm’s premises in Navigation Business Village at Navigation Way at the Docks.
The man then goes on to throw a brick through an internal window to gain access to the ground floor.
He then ran upstairs and kicked his way through another window to access the first floor offices.
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Mr Petts said: “The offender was in the building for around just three minutes, but still managed to cause thousands of pounds worth of damage and unecessary stress for myself and colleagues.
“Strangely, it appears he took nothing of value, leaving behind a number of laptops and even a brand-new £600 drone camera along with VR headset and original packaging. Judging by the mess, it seems he was more interested in files, but our information security protocols mean there was nothing of interest available.
“We thought ours was a pretty secure building, with CCTV, modern alarm system and internal doors fitted with keypad locks and security windows, but this just shows how a career criminal can make light work of your defences. I would recommend that other local businesses consider beefing-up their security arrangements.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Preston Police on 101 quoting log reference 0257 03/06/2018 or call Crimestoppers on 0800555111.