Robber in £6k raid on church post office ‘struggled with electronic doors'

Monday, 18th January 2016

A ROBBER almost trapped himself inside a church because he couldn’t work out how to use the electronic exit doors.

A short man, wearing a scarf over his face, a hooded top and tracksuit grabbed two bags of cash from a security driver in the post office in St James Church, West Hampstead, at around 1.30pm last Monday.

The estimated £6,000 robbery is the first in the post office since it opened inside the Sheriff Road church in July 2014.

Post office manager Hitesh Pankhaniya said: “He [the robber] was trying to get out of the door but he couldn’t work out how to open it, he couldn’t find the button to activate it. In the end, he pulled open the doors and squeezed through.

“It all happened so fast. The man was standing by the window and he just took the bags off him.”

Mr Pankhaniya worked in the post office in West End Lane which shut down and reopened as a counter service inside St James Church with vicar, Father Andrew Foreshew-Cain, taking the role of postmaster.

Police said the 47-year-old security driver was not physical­ly injured and no weapon was not seen or intimated.


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