Shopkeeper injured as teens turn violent while trying to steal e-cigarettes

A gang of young people turned violent when they were caught stealing electronic cigarettes from a village store.

One of the three boys grabbed a box of vapes from The Paper Shop in Mountsorrel and fled last Saturday afternoon, owner Consan Asirvathampilai said.

Mr Asirvathampilai says he suffered “minor” injuries in a fight with the boy and his friends as they tried to help him escape

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The 36-year-old said the first boy walked into the Leicester Road store on his own and pretended to buy candy.

“He came to the counter to pay, but instead he snatched a box of electronic cigarettes and tried to run away,” he said.

Mr Asirvathampilai said his wife set off the store’s panic alarm while he called the police.

He told LeicestershireLive: “My staff in the store tried to stop him from running away, but they couldn’t because the other two boys entered the store to help get their friend out.”

However, the group returned because one of them had dropped his phone on the ground and wanted to retrieve it.

Mr Asirvathampilai said: “We left the store open before the police arrived, but one of them left his phone behind.

“They started pushing us again before they ran away, so we closed the store until the police arrived.”

A Leicestershire Police spokesperson said no arrests had been made.

CCTV footage of a shoplifting incident at The Paper Shop, Leicester Road, Mountsorrel on November 20

The spokesperson said: “At around 4.45pm on Saturday 20 November, police were called to a store on Leicester Road, Mountsorrel, following a report of shoplifting.

“The agents were present and were informed that young people had taken vape products at the counter.

“However, they dropped the items after being followed to the door by the store owner.

“No arrests were made in connection with the incident.”

Mr Asirvathampilai, from Sri Lanka, said that although his injuries are minor, he would like young people and their families to come forward and take responsibility.

He said: “We’re all fine now, but I don’t want this kind of thing to continue.

“A lot of customers have shown their support and helped us try to find out who did it.

“We want their families to take action and come forward.”

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