Thieves Snatch Café’s £400 Nutcracker Statue in Brazen Daylight Robbery

Thieves Snatch Café’s £400 Nutcracker Statue in Brazen Daylight Robbery

Brazen Theft of Festive Decor

A shocking incident unfolded at Cafe Nucleus in Rainham, Kent, where two audacious thieves brazenly snatched a 40kg, £400 Christmas Nutcracker from the restaurant’s entrance in broad daylight.

CCTV footage captured the daring pair’s arrival, swift theft, and reckless escape on a motorbike, leaving onlookers stunned.

Unsettling Scenes Amid Christmas Cheer

As patrons enjoyed their Christmas lunches, the thieves orchestrated their swift getaway after seizing one of the two Nutcracker statues that stood guard at the restaurant’s entrance.

Their escape, marked by recklessness and audacity, drew attention to the busy A2 road, causing a commotion among passersby and motorists.

Desperate Pleas and Community Response

The owners of Cafe Nucleus expressed deep distress over the theft, naming the stolen statue “Istvan,” and expressed willingness to offer a reward for its return. Despite ordering a replacement, they appealed for the original Nutcracker’s return, emphasizing its sentimental value to the community.

Ongoing Search and Police Investigation

Following multiple sightings in the vicinity, including near a girls’ grammar school, efforts to locate the stolen statue continue. The police have been involved, reviewing CCTV footage and investigating the incident. Meanwhile, the community has rallied, sharing sightings and extending support to the café’s proprietors.

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