Oakwood burglaries - the locations and CCTV images

Police have stepped up patrols in the Oakwood area of Leeds as they search for the man believed to be responsible for a series of burglaries.

By Georgina Morris
Thursday, 21st February 2019, 4:27 pm
Updated Thursday, 21st February 2019, 4:34 pm
This CCTV image was captured on cameras at Soosi in Oakwood, one of six businesses in the neighbourhood to be burgled this month.
This CCTV image was captured on cameras at Soosi in Oakwood, one of six businesses in the neighbourhood to be burgled this month.

Six cafes and restaurants, all in Roundhay Road, have been broken into overnight since the crime spree began earlier this month.

This was the first business in Roundhay Road to be targeted. The burglar forced open a window to get inside on February 2, escaping with around 20 from the till.
On February 9, it was the turn of Soosi Mediterranean Grill. CCTV footage shows the man casually smoking a cigarette outside before breaking in.

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District Deli was burgled on February 9. Owner Will Pugh said an alarm, CCTV and the venue's location on a main road had not deterred the burglar, who must be desperate to take such risks.
Indian restaurant Nawaab Khan was also broken into on the same night as District Deli. Mohammed Sajid said the burglar took a charity box and money from the till, which contained a few coins as a float.
The burglar struck next on February 12 at Tasty Kitchen and Cafe. When he found the till was not there, he broke into a locked room and took a laptop and small safe.
The latest business to fall victim to the burglar is Cervo Restaurant, where the glass door was put through at around 6.15am on February 18.
Each of the six businesses targeted to date is on Roundhay Road in Oakwood. This map shows how closely they are located to each other.
This image is one of a number of CCTV stills shared on social media by the Soosi Mediterranean Grill. It shows the burglar outside moments before he broke in.
Soosi Mediterranean Grill owner Mostafa Dizchi said the man seemed to know exactly what tools he needed. A screwdriver was used to force the door at Soosi, while a crowbar was used at another.
The footage captured by Soosi Mediterranean Grill shows the man force open the door before heading inside to rapidly search for items. Owner Mostafa Dizchi said the man spent under a minute inside searching for items, before taking a small amount of cash and a digital camera.
Further CCTV footage was captured at other premises, including Tasty Kitchen and Cafe. This still shows the man as he searches behind the counter.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC 4055 Slater at Leeds District Police on 101, quoting crime reference 13190059806. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.