Duo speaks out about negative impact CCTV appeal had on their lives
Two men arrested after a large quantity of cash was stolen from a pensioner have spoken about the negative impact the incident has had on their lives.
CCTV images showing Osman Salimov and Salim Baranov were circulated by police and media following the theft in Market Place, Diss, on December 10.
The duo, who both work at Pizza House in Eye, were subsequently arrested, but not charged, with police now closing the case.
“I went to Bulgaria the same day and, when I saw the images, my blood pressure went up and I ended up in hospital,” said Mr Salimov, 34.
“It was one of my children’s birthday, but I couldn’t do anything with my family. I lost all confidence and it ruined my holiday.”
He added: “They still haven’t cleared us completely. Youngsters have been coming to the shop taking pictures of me and talking about me. I don’t feel confident going outside or to shop in the Co-op.”
Yusuf Karakus, who owns the Magdalen Street eatery, said he was unhappy with the comments made on social media.
“The comments made on Facebook were disgusting,” said the father-of-four, who has been living in Diss for almost 30 years. “I feel sorry for the old man, and for the boys who work for us as well
“I don’t just employ anyone. If they were like that, I’d have kicked them out by now.”
He added: “Business has been slow since. I don’t know if it’s because of the time of year or because of this.”
Mr Karakus hopes that greater awareness of the outcome of the case will restore his employees’ confidence – and their reputation.
Following an investigation into the incident, police have decided that no further action will be taken against the two men.
A spokeswoman for Norfolk Police said: “The case has been closed due to insufficient evidence.”
A fundraiser for the pensioner raised more than £560 within 24 hours. The gentleman has expressed his wish to donate the money raised to St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich.
This article appeared in the Diss Express on January 15.
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