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‘Crazy’ moped thief storms Tufnell Park cafe with hammer and steals laptop

PUBLISHED: 12:27 09 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:12 09 November 2017

Rustique café in Tufnell Park. Picture: Ewan Munro/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

Rustique café in Tufnell Park. Picture: Ewan Munro/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

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Another cafe has been attacked by a laptop-snatching moped crook.

On Tuesday, a man wearing a helmet burst through the doors of Rustique café in Fortess Road, Tufnell Park, just after 7.15pm. After shouting and brandishing a hammer, he grabbed a laptop from a table and fled the scene on the back of a moped.

Café owner Bekim Visoka, 47, said the whole incident took seconds. “It happened so quickly. He barged through the door with crazy force. It was so dramatic. People backed off towards the counter and he grabbed the laptop and went.”

The owner of the laptop had briefly popped out of the café at the time of the theft, but saw the event unfold from outside.

Police were called to the scene, and nobody was hurt.

It followed a similar incident in Bread and Bean cafe in Junction Road, Archway, on October 17. CCTV showed a pillion passenger open the door, walk up to a customer sat by the window, snatch her laptop and escape on the back of a moped within seconds.

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