Reward After Bungled Ikea Robbery

11 November 2011, 12:43 | Updated: 11 November 2011, 12:58

A £5,000 reward's been put up for help identifying burglars who carried out a bungled raid on the Ikea store in Milton Keynes.

The two men got into a vault where a safe is kept at the store in Bletchley at around 7pm on Sunday 7 August 2011.

Once inside, the burglars, who are wearing hats and fluorescent jackets, attempted to disable the security camera, but weren't very successful.

The CCTV footage shows the men entering the room, then, as one tries to give the other a lift up to reach the camera, he stumbles and his hat is knocked off, revealing his face and bald head.

Then, when the other burglar gets to the camera, he accidentally turns it towards him, giving officers a full view of his face, before finally removing it from the wall.

Despite extensive investigations, detectives haven’t yet been able to identify the burglars, who got away with around £80,000.  IKEA have now put up a £5,000 reward which they're offering to anyone who provides information which leads to the burglars being convicted.

Detective Constable Dave Phipps from Thames Valley Police said "This was a well-planned and well-executed burglary, with one glaring error – they are both caught on camera.

"I am hoping that by releasing this footage someone will recognise the men, call us with their names and pick up the reward.

"Both men are white. The first man is aged in his early to mid 30s and is bald. The second is younger and aged in his 20s."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Milton Keynes CID on 0845 8 505 505 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.