Trader robbed THREE times

PUBLISHED: 12:12 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 14:40 25 August 2010

A SHOPKEEPER who was burgled three times in six months said police must do more to help him.

A SHOPKEEPER who was burgled three times in six months said police must do more to help him.

Makhan Singh Sasota (pictured), owner of TJ and Sons Supermarket in Woolwich Church Street has had his business broken into three times in exactly the same way.

Each time the burglars enter through Mr Sasota's ceiling and force open his stock cupboards to steal cigarettes and alcohol.

On March 26, the gang smashed into his van before breaking into a neighbouring shop through the ceiling.

Mr Sasota said: "I don't know what to do. The police have done nothing to stop it happening. I feel very bad - we can't survive like this.

"We have three doors on every entrance, an alarm system and CCTV. We want the police to catch them but I don't know if they can do anything to help."

Mr Sasota fears he will have to cease trading as he has lost hundreds of pounds worth of stock on each occasion.

Mark Stockford, Detective Chief Inspector for Greenwich CID, said: "Reducing the level of burglaries is one of our borough's priorities.

"Our dedicated burglary squad is supported by overnight burglary patrol units operating all over the borough."

A Greenwich Police spokesperson said burglars often break into businesses through weak roofs but said police try hard to issue crime prevention advice to traders.

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