SHOCKING CCTV images have captured the moment a burglar broke into a shop in Caversham this morning.

The break-in happened in HUMOS shop in Church Road, Reading, shortly before 4am today (Thursday, July 8).

Gabriel De Carvalho who owns the business said the incident has caused him 'emotional damage' after what has been a difficult year with Covid-19.

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Reading Chronicle:

He told the Chronicle: "They caused more damage than the value of what they took, not to mention the emotional stress of just getting back on our feet after Covid. There’s been a spout of these recently in Caversham and Reading with Geo Cafe being broken into about month ago."

He provided the newspaper with CCTV images capturing the very moment the balaclava-clad burglar broke into the shop.

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Gabriel said: "They smashed the old fashioned Victorian window and broke the glass causing damage to the laminate flooring and they took the till. It was empty inside though so nothing was stolen."

Thames Valley Police said they received a report of a burglary in the early hours of the morning relating to the business.

Police are investigating the burglary and said no arrests have been made.

A spokesman said: "We would ask anyone with information to call 101 ref 43210301344."