This is the moment brazen thieves stole a tuk-tuk named ‘Fred’ from outside its owner’s east London home.
Em Herroitt is desperate to be reunited with the cart, which has been imported from India and was stolen from Leslie Road, Leyton, in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
CCTV footage shows a gang of three hooded men using a silver Renault Modus to shunt the cart, giving it a jump start and driving off.
Waltham Forest Council also has footage of Fred being pushed along Leyton High Road at 1.53am.
The tuk-tuk then steers off towards Maryland, which falls inside the borough of Newham, meaning it could no longer be tracked on the council’s cameras.
Em is the owner of We Are Here, a coffee business serving hot drinks to commuters from the custom-made tuk-tuk.
She said: ‘I am devastated. I’m still unsure why someone would take him, he could get broken down and sold off or be seen street trading sometime in the future, it’s anyone’s guess.’
We Are Here regularly visited Roman Road Market, East Village Market, the Maker’s Market and even briefly featured in last year’s series of Made in Chelsea.
Em said: ‘A lot of people in Leyton know the business and they look out for Fred, so it is difficult to know who would want to take him.
‘Followers on social media, friends and family have been so very supportive – the phone has been ringing all day.
‘It is nice to see how much everyone has fallen in love with Fred, the local Leyton community has really helped keep us going.
‘My intention is to continue trading as soon as possible and figure out what changes I need to make to continue without him.
‘I would be incredibly happy to get him back though of course, he’s family.’
She is using the hashtag #findfred on Instagram and Twitter to raise awareness, and has urged anyone with information to contact police on 101.
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: ‘Police were called on Tuesday, October 10 to reports of a stolen vehicle in Leslie Road.
‘The stolen vehicle is described as a ‘tuk-tuk’ adapted to accommodate a coffee machine, branded with ‘We Are Here’ coffee.’
No arrests have been made so far, but enquiries are ongoing.