Saltford Thai Cafe 'left one chair' after burglary

  • 21 January 2014
  • From the section Somerset
Thai Cafe, Saltford
Image caption A total of 13 tables and 25 chairs were taken from The Thai Cafe

A Thai restaurant has been "left one chair" after almost all its furniture was taken in an "unusual burglary", police have said.

Thirteen tables and 25 chairs were taken from The Thai Cafe in Saltford, near Bath, between 12 and 15 January.

Police said there was "no clear explanation" for the theft, but the items may have been stolen "to order".

Owner David Appleby said he had turned people away "because we couldn't serve food Japanese-style on the floor".

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said the burglary was the third attack on the Bath Road cafe in just over a month.

'Little bit dated'

At the beginning of December, petty cash was taken, and there was also an attempted break-in between Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.

Mr Appleby, who took over the restaurant 10 years ago, said the theft was "weird" as no wine, beer or spirits had been taken.

"The chairs were quite old, 12 to 13 years old, they came with the cafe," he said.

"I'd been talking about replacing them because they'd started to look a little bit dated, so stealing them seems barely worth it."

Police have asked anyone who saw anything suspicious, such as "furniture being loaded into a large van", to get in touch.

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