MASKED burglars have broken into a popular Chester bar for a second time in three months, leaving staff in “fear”.
Burglars have targeted The Suburbs bar on Charles Street, Hoole, twice in the last three months.
The owner, Kingston Thenga, told the Leader the burglars broke into the bar minutes after staff had locked up for the evening.
Mr Thenga is confident the police will catch the criminals as they left fingerprints “all over the place” but is appealing for people to come forward if they recognise the two men in the CCTV footage.
The burglars, who were wearing hoodies, left empty-handed after apparently being spooked by an alarm which they then tried to rip from the wall.
The bar, which only opened in December, was targeted in May when masked burglars broke in and stole cash from the tills before making off with a safe.
The raiders have never been caught and the police have since contacted the bar to tell them the investigation was being dropped.
Mr Thenga called for CCTV cameras to be installed on Charles Street but said he remains hopeful the culprits will be caught.
He said: “It is disappointing this has happened. We definitely need to have cameras on Charles Street..
“They waited for the staff to come out and within a minute they were in. We have put a lot of money in and are doing a lot in the area and it has put a dampener on things as well as causing fear for the staff.
“Hopefully we should catch them. We won’t let people like that grind us down.”
Mr Thenga says more stringent security policies have been put in place following the raids to deter potential future thieves.
Anyone with any information or who may have seen anything suspicious at about 1.15am on Monday, August 18, is urged to contact Cheshire police on 101.