Cameras at the Londis store in Potters Bar recorded two men approaching the store shortly before 3am on July 18. They forced up the shop’s shutter and used a litter bin to prop it open as they kicked through the door.
Once inside, the raiders cleaned out the till, then kicked their way into a cigarette storage cupboard under the gantry. They used the store’s baskets to make off with their haul.
Owner Hari Bhojani estimated damage to the store would cost him £4,000 to repair. “I think people who do these crimes need to be stopped – it’s damaged our business for the next few days,” he said.
The local newspaper, Welwyn and Hatfield Times, has posted the video on its website, www.whtimes.co.uk.