Cat-like thieves scale 8ft fence to ransack Hull business

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 10 Jul 2018

Thieves have ransacked a Hull business and stole thousands of pounds of stock.

Ian Isitt, owner of Elloughton Greenhouses in Alfred Street, west Hull, arrived at work on Monday morning, July 9, to discover a £1,200 iMac and laptop were among the items stolen.

A wooden pallet was found propped up against the eight-foot fence surrounding the building and the thief had scaled the barrier before breaking into the building through a side window.

Mr Isitt is now appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the crime.

“I left the building at around 7.30pm on Sunday evening, and came back at 8.40am on Monday to find what had happened,” Mr Isitt said.

“Your heart just sinks, because you don’t know how much they have taken until you start looking. We have a safe in the office, which usually has about £30 or £40 in it, and they have destroyed it.

“They have taken an iMac which we use to run the business, a laptop and a bike we use to go to suppliers and things.”

The safe that was broken into during the incident

The business owner said although the items could be replaced, and the business would be OK, the break-in had caused hours of disruption on Monday morning while police visited to take statements and examine the scene.

Elloughton Greenhouses also has a branch in Pontefract, which Mr Isitt said had been targeted on several occasions.

He said however this was the first break-in that had happened at the Hull site and is usually a quiet area.

"There are flats across the road and whoever has got in must have made a lot of noise smashing the safe," he said.

Ian Isitt in the building that was broken into

“There is CCTV on the pub near the building, so we are trying to get hold of that as well."

Humberside Police attended the scene of the break-in on Monday morning.

Elloughton Greenhouses is an elite greenhouse supplier. It shares its site in Alfred Street with premier shed manufacturers, Timberland Sheds.

Anyone with information on the break-in is urged to contact Humberside Police on 101, quoting crime reference number 16/72714/18.

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