DIARY: Burglars rifle through rubble to get the goods

Getting burgled is not pleasant, as anyone who has come home to find their place trashed will testify. On the other hand, it can sometimes be difficult to spot the difference.

Getting burgled is not pleasant, as anyone who has come home to find

their place trashed will testify. On the other hand, it can sometimes be

difficult to spot the difference.



Arriving at Ruder Finn’s Chelsea offices last Monday, account manager

Louise Dunn did not notice anything amiss. Papers strewn across the

floor, furniture overturned and a general air of chaos. Obviously the

team had a bad Friday. Or so she thought.



In fact, the agency had been robbed of pounds 10,000 worth of

television, video, fax and personal computer equipment. It wasn’t until

Dunn noticed desk drawers on the floor and the petty cash box lying open

that the alarm was raised.



‘Maybe we should have a tidy desk policy so we can tell immediately if

we’ve been burgled rather than taking half an hour over it,’ says

managing director Lee Tomkins.



Even so, Tomkins admits a sneaking admiration for the thieves’ financial

astuteness. Her drawer containing dollars, francs and other foreign

currency was also plundered. All, that is, except for the Italian lire

which was left neatly in a large pile.



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