A burglar who walked into a Jamie’s Italian restaurant and left with money from a safe tried to cover CCTV with tissue to conceal his identity.
The suspect is thought to have broken the lock into a staff office at the celebrity chef’s Cheltenham restaurant before making off with £625 in cash from a safe.
Lucy Holloway, the manager on duty when the incident occurred, said she did not spot the man entering the premises herself but soon came to discover he had attempted to tamper with the CCTV.
“One of my members of staff saw the man enter the restaurant. He was in the area where people come in to deliver laundry and stock. He had such an air of confidence about him that the member of staff did not mention him to me.”
The burglar managed to find the safe which contained £625 and other takings, which was only accessible with a key.
The key was kept in another safe which he had managed to get into, and he tried again to cover the CCTV camera with a tissue before he left.
The manager realised there had been a break-in after service at around 10.30pm, when she came back to her office to find the tissue covering the CCTV camera.
A Gloucestershire Police spokesperson said: "He broke into a locked office and managed to open a safe. He then removed the money inside — hundreds of pounds — and walked out of the premises on to Regent Street. It’s believed the suspect covered one of the CCTV cameras with a tissue, but he wasn’t successful in trying to hide his identity and we have some excellent images of him."