My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Burkha Bandit...

Ahh, it's time for the movie....
Dressed from head to toe in a traditional Muslim woman's burkha, this is the moment a robber raided a travel agent.

Brandishing a knife, he threatens the two women staff before making off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The robbery in Luton came six weeks after a similar incident in nearby Dunstable and, this week, a £150,000 raid on a jeweller's in Banbury, Oxfordshire.

Police are investigating the possibility the crimes are linked.
The knife-wielding robber targets Thomson travel agency during a spate of violent crimes committed by men dressed in burkas

Just weeks before the 'burqa robbery' Banbury, Oxfordshire yesterday, this CCTV footage shows another burqa-clad thief targeting First Choice Travel in Dunstable

The first incident happened on July 7 - the fourth anniversary of the 2005 terrorist bombings in London.

A man in a burkha, which left only his eyes visible, walked into First Choice Travel in Dunstable. After threatening two women staff he took the cash and escaped through the back door at 10.15am.

On August 16, a burkha-clad man made off with a 'large amount of cash' from the Thomson travel shop in Luton.

Then, on Tuesday, a man wearing a burkha and two accomplices, who wore dark clothes and had their faces covered, stole £150,000-worth of Rolex, Cartier and Breitling watches from jeweller Michael Jones in Banbury.

They threatened four members of staff with a knife and an axe at 2.30pm before escaping in a black Audi estate driven by a fourth man. The car was found abandoned. The robbers are believed to be Asian.

Bedfordshire Police said they were 'keeping an open mind' about whether the crimes were linked. They want to trace two women who went into the Thomson shop in Luton during the robbery but left because staff had been told to say it was closed.

Thames Valley Police, which covers Banbury, refused to deny the incidents involved the same man.

Detective Inspector Steve Duffy said: 'Thankfully nobody was injured during the robbery but obviously staff have been left very shaken by what happened.'

There have been growing concerns over the use of burkhas and other Muslim clothing to conceal criminals' identities.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Something like this has happened here too in Canada. I believe it was in Mississauga.

10:25 AM  

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