Peterborough: £21,000 Box Stolen

24 July 2013, 08:07 | Updated: 24 July 2013, 08:14

A cash box containing £21,000 in cash and cheques has been stolen by a thief in Peterborough.

Cambridgeshire Police say the box of business takings was stolen from a business owner just before midday on Monday (22 July).

The victim had just got out of his car on Gladstone Street at the junction with Taverners Road and was about to deposit the money.

However, a thief then snatched the carrier bag that the cash box was in, before running off.

Police say the thief fled along Gladstone Street, away from Taverners Road, before getting inside a black Renault Clio with two other men inside.

The car then drove off along Cambridge Road.

A 34 year old man from Peterborough has since been arrested on suspicion of theft and released on bail.

The money is still missing.

Detective Sergeant Sarah Smith, who is investigating, said: "I am keen to speak to anyone who saw this theft happen or has information about where the money and cheques are now.

We believe the thief was sitting on the pavement outside the post office just before the incident and had planned the crime. 

I would particularly like to speak to someone who was driving a black Mercedes nearby who may have important information.

It is also possible the cash tin and a blue and red fabric bag it contained may have been discarded by the thieves so anyone who thinks they have found that should get in touch." 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det Sgt Smith or DC Keith Evans on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.