A COUPLE have told how masked raiders stole thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes from their shop and post office.
Chris and Fiona Keast were in their living quarters when the thieves broke into Wargrave Post Office and convenience store in Victoria Road at about 11.30pm on Tuesday, October 8.
The three men, who had covered their faces and were wearing black hooded jumpers, escaped in an Audi which had been reported stolen in Bracknell.
Mr Keast, 47, said: “I was in bed and my wife was letting one of our dogs out into the garden when she saw them approaching. I woke up when she shouted and got to the window in time to see them leaving the shop.
“We went into the shop to turn off the alarm and saw the cabinet had been forced, then my wife called the police. There was nothing we could have done, especially not with three of them and one carrying a crowbar.
“They only got cigarettes in the end but what’s scary is the speed at which they got in and out. From when the car pulled up to when it left must have been three minutes.
“It appeared to be a well-organised group as they had stolen the car and they went for something fast rather than the first car they saw so they could outrun the police.”
Mr Keast called the raid “one of those things”, adding: “Incidents like this are never personal — they don’t know who we are, they are just in it for whatever they can get. We have been here for 12 years and that’s the first trouble we’ve had.”
Police are appealing for anyone with information to call 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.