Cycling raider’s smash and grab raid on city centre store

The damage at the front of Browns on Davygate. Photographs: Richard McDougall

A thief on a bicycle smashed his way into Browns Department Store late last night.

Police were called at around 11.30pm on Thursday (12 September) after someone smashed a window at the front of the Davygate shop.

The thief stole bottles of perfume before cycling away from the scene – evading a civic-minded passerby who tried to stop him.


A North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said:

  • The caller chased after the suspect and tried to detain him but unfortunately the suspect got away.

    Inquiries are ongoing and North Yorkshire Police are asking anyone with information to get in touch.

The thief struck late at night
Dior perfume worth around £1,000 was stolen, and the raider also caused around £2,000 damage to the front of the store.

Browns had to delay its opening this morning by an hour till 10am as they cleared up the mess.

Workers were replacing the damaged glass this afternoon.

If you have information that could help the police with their inquiries, please contact them – details below.

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Call North Yorkshire Police on 101
Contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via the website
Quote reference number 12190168765