Thieves Target Bingo Hall

Thieves Target Bingo Hall

Written by: Nikola Zugic on 05/02/2011 13:10

Knife wielding robbers caused terror in a UK bingo hall when they threatened staff before running off with a sum of money.

Watford's Mecca Bingo Hall Attacked

The frightening incident happened in the Watford Mecca Bingo Hall on King Street. Staff were closing up for the night at around 10pm on Monday evening, when thugs with balaclavas attacked. It seems that they had been hiding inside the hall while waiting for the ideal moment to strike, and did so when they were just two members of staff left.

The terrified employees were then tied up and bundled into a cupboard as the thieves helped themselves to cash from the safe. It is believed that they escaped through the back doors that lead onto Granville Road at some point between 10.15pm And 10.45pm. No harm came to the staff members, although they were obviously badly shaken by the incident.

More Security Needed

This isn’t the first time that bingo halls have been targeted as a soft touch by thugs, and it is no wonder with the amount of money held in them and the relatively lax security that they offer. It is clear that bingo firms need to step up security measures to protect their staff and customers, as well as to avoid their profits being hit. While customers were not affected in this latest robbery it is easy to imagine some players deciding to stay away from land based bingo halls if such incidents become more common place.

Police are looking for any witnesses to the Watford incident, and the investigating officer is DS John Hazeldine, who can be contacted on 01923 472 981. You can also give anonymous information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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