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THE owner of a burgled bar is offering a £1,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of a thief who stole hundreds of pounds and a laptop.

It comes as CCTV shows the burglar waiting for staff to leave Drift Bar on Tuesday, July 23, around 2.30am.

CCTV of a burglar at the Drift bar in Southsea 3am July 23

CCTV of a burglar at the Drift bar in Southsea 3am July 23

The burglar made off with about £700 and a MacBook Air laptop.

Steve Hudson, owner of the bar, in Palmerston Road, Southsea, made the appeal after CCTV showed the robber using door codes to get in.

Mr Hudson said he is concerned about how the thief could have had access to the three different door codes needed to get into the bar and office.

The reward is for anyone who gives information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the thief.

Mr Hudson added he wanted to work with the police. Mr Hudson said: ‘We’re offering a £1,000 reward for information leading to the capture [and conviction].

‘I’m concerned that it’s somebody who has been employed by me and who has worked with me and the team.

‘It’s somebody who has worked for us who has given those codes out or used them themselves.’

Daytime manager Kelly Wall said: ‘You could see they knew where the cameras where. They made sure their faces were covered as they walked past.

‘Walking down the stairs, they went into the maintenance area, and picked up a T-shirt.

‘We used to have a facial recognition camera in the office.

‘This person must have thought it was there – they put the T-shirt up over their face as they walked in.’

The cash was stolen from the safe, which was left open, and from the float left on the till for the next day.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘We’d like to thank staff at the Drift bar for their co-operation.

‘Several lines of enquiry are being followed.

‘Witnesses to the burglary or anyone with information about the identity of suspects can contact PC 21911 Russell Turner at Southsea police station on 101.’