Haverhill businessman confronts burglars and narrowly avoids being run over

Ercan and Hatice Bober who had their safe stolen from their house in Haverhill. In their back garden where thieves smashed their patio door to gain entrance. ANL-161004-145320009

Ercan and Hatice Bober who had their safe stolen from their house in Haverhill. In their back garden where thieves smashed their patio door to gain entrance. ANL-161004-145320009

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A well known Haverhill businessman has told how he had to leap to one side to avoid being ‘smashed’ by a car as burglars sped away from his house.

Ercan Bober, who owns Magic Touch Dry Cleaners in Haverhill High Street, was returning with his wife Hatice to their house in Mustard’s Gapp at about 3pm on Saturday, April 2 to get ready to head to a wedding in London when he saw a dark grey Mercedes outside his property.

Mr Bober, 39, said he thought perhaps the people in the car were dropping something off and watched as it did three turns in the turning space outside his house, which is in a cul-de-sac.

What he saw next alerted him to the fact that the three men in the car were involved in the burglary of the house in which they have lived for the past three-and-a-half years.

He said: “I saw two guys running with my safe and I came out of the car and said to them ‘this is mine’ and they are going into the car quickly and I try to stop it.

“I parked my car in front of them and go to the side and they drive towards me and try to kill me. He drove like 30mph, so quickly, and I have to jump otherwise he will definitely smash me.”

The two intruders has smashed a glass panel in the rear patio door to gain entry to the house before making off with the safe, which contained cash and jewellery, among which was Mrs Bober’s mother’s wedding ring and the passport of the couple’s 16-year-old son.

Despite having a laptop, iPhone and iPad in the house, and even £10 on the bedside table, nothing else was stolen.

After being driven off the car went down Manor Road and turned right into Ehringshausen Way towards the town centre.

To compound matters Mr Bober’s pet budgie, which had been perched on top of his head, flew off as he jumped out of the car. It has not been seen since.

Mr Bober, who is originally from Turkey, opened Magic Touch more than six years ago and is a sponsor of Haverhill Borough FC and Haverhill Rugby Club. He has also sponsored the Thurlow Youth FC team his son used to play for until stopping this season.

Mr Bober said he would recognise the driver of the car in an instant if he saw him again.

He added: “I will never forget the face because I looked at them while they were doing three turns and as I came out of my car and was saying to them ‘what are you doing here.’

All five men were fair haired, said Mr Bober, who estimates the driver was aged about 50 to 55 and the two men that came out of the house between 23 and 27.

Mr Bober added: “It’s not the value (of the stolen items) we are upset about. It’s what happened to us we are upset about.

“It’s too upsetting. I didn’t deserve this.”

Anyone who saw the car or who witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the Mustard’s Gapp area is asked to contact Bury St Edmunds CID on 101, quoting reference 25792/16 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.