Safe thieves had pub keys to Wakefield bar

8th december 2011' A safe containing �6,000 was stolen from Harry's Bar. Two burglars entered the bar after closing using keys which detectives believe either belonged to a staff member or had been stolen. They took the safe and a jacket to cover it but nothing else. CCTV picked up a car driving the wrong way down Smyth Street which may be connected and a dog walker who could be a vital witness. 'Picture:  Tina Burt.''PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
8th december 2011' A safe containing �6,000 was stolen from Harry's Bar. Two burglars entered the bar after closing using keys which detectives believe either belonged to a staff member or had been stolen. They took the safe and a jacket to cover it but nothing else. CCTV picked up a car driving the wrong way down Smyth Street which may be connected and a dog walker who could be a vital witness. 'Picture: Tina Burt.''PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
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A SAFE containing £6,000 was stolen from a pub by burglars who had the keys to the building.

Detectives are hunting for two burglars who walked into Harry’s Bar in the early hours and left with the pub’s safe hidden underneath a sports jacket.

They believe the suspects could be ex-employees or could have stolen the keys from a worker at the bar on Westgate.

A car was seen driving the wrong way down nearby Smyth Street with its lights off at the time of the burglary.

Licensee Louise Waters, 29, said: “A member of staff had locked up for the night and then gone with some customers for a drink at another pub.

“He came back later for some of his belongings and he realised that a door was open and some things had been left out of place – it was only then that he realised the safe had gone.

“They also stole an Adidas coat which we think they took to cover the safe up. There was a phone and other things in it but they left those.”

Detectives are studying CCTV footage from inside the pub and on nearby streets as they try to track down the suspects.

DC Andy Hicks said: “The key could have been stolen from a member of staff or it could be an ex-employee.”

“The CCTV images show a man was walking a dog on Garden Street at the time and I believe he must have seen the two suspects.

“We want to speak to anyone who saw a car being driven suspiciously with its lights out or anyone who saw two males acting suspiciously in the area.”

The first suspect was wearing a light coloured woollen hat, a dark top and lighter coloured trousers.

The second man was wearing a dark coloured clothing with a hood pulled over his head.

The burglary happened between 12.15am and 1.45am on Sunday, November 27.

Anyone with information should contact DC Hicks on 01924 293210, or by dialling 101.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.