Customer calls for tighter security after thieves raid his van outside Luton ‘cash and carry’

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A man has called for a cash and carry to improve its security after thieves raided his van in the car park on Saturday afternoon.

Scott Jell was left frustrated by the lack of security in the Booker Luton car park on Camford Way, after the incident happened shortly before 12pm.

Mr Jell, who manages Lewsey Farm convenience store Nisa Local, said: “I loaded the van with the cigarettes and closed the back door, I didn’t even put the trolley I was using back because I did not want to leave the van unattended.

“I got into the drivers seat and heard the back door open, I jumped out of the van and saw a man getting into the passengers side of a car with the two bags of cigarettes.

“I grabbed him and tried to get him out of the car but I couldn’t and the car got away.

“I think they need to improve the security in the car park, it is quite open and this happened in the middle of the day.

“This is not the first time customers have been robbed in this car park, I have heard there have been other incidents like this this year, surely this must show them that they need to do more to keep their customers safe.”

A spokesman for Bedfordshire Police said: “We are investigating the theft of cigarettes from a motor vehicle outside a cash and carry in Luton.

“Officers are pursuing lines of enquiry.

“There has been five other incidents of this nature since March and enquiries are on-going.

“We are keeping an open mind as to whether these incidents are linked.”

The cash and carry does have CCTV cameras in the car park.

A Booker spokesman said: “We take matters of security very seriously and are cooperating fully with the police who are investigating the incidents.

“We are advising our customers and colleagues to be extra vigilant and will be starting a leaflet campaign to remind customers of the Top 10 Crime Prevention Tips.”