Canning Town shop owner offers cash reward for help finding burglars
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A cash reward of £500 is being offered by a convenience store owner after his shop was burgled three times in one month.
Owner Oleksandr Grytesenko and his partner Egle Bucioniene, both 42, are offering the reward after fears their premises in Cundy Road, Canning Town, could close following the theft of £20,000 in goods and cash.
The pair say they are now in financial “difficulty” after large sums of alcohol, cigarettes and cash were stolen in the early hours of March 8, March 12 and on Monday (April 11) from IEVA convenience store, which they have run for two years.
Shop owner Olesksandr, 42, who also works in construction, said he has had to resort to bank loans and credit cards to cover his costs and provide for his family.
He said: “We work so hard. We did not get any holidays over the last two years. We do not just run the shop, we have two jobs. Now we will have to work harder.
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“I don’t feel safe here. It takes so much noise to open the shop’s metal shutters and I think people are scared to report it.”
Both he and his partner of 16 years, Egle, are worried the criminals “will come back again”.
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Olesksandr said: “I think it’s the same people becasuse they think they’ve done it and that no-one is looking at it so they will come again.”
Egle, a mum-of-three who has an eight-year-old son with Oleksandr, said “We cannot spend as much money on our families. We do not know how to live now.”
She says the burglars entered the shop via the back during the first two occasions, coming from Prince Regent Lane, but came in the through front during the latest burglary on Monday.
A Met spokeswoman said: “Police have been called to three separate reports of a burglary at a store in Cundy Road, E16, during which a quantity of cash and other goods were stolen.
“These were on Monday, April 11, Saturday, March 12, and on Tuesday, March 8. The incidents are all believed to have taken place between 1am and 2am in the morning on the days in question. There are no arrests and enquiries continue.”