Burglars raid takeaway just weeks after it opens

McIndian owner Aamir Ahmad

McIndian owner Aamir Ahmad

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , crime reporter

BURGLARS raided a young entrepreneur’s first business — just weeks after it opened its doors.

Thieves pulled out an upstairs window and ransacked McIndian, a fast food takeaway in Newport Street, Bolton town centre.

They stole a black iPad mini, a cash tin containing charity money, about £150 cash from the till and power tools.

One even took a sip from a Rubicon mango can and left it open on the shop counter.

Owner Aamir Ahmad said: “It was obvious the business had been burgled when I opened up in the morning because the till was on the floor and a door inside was open when it is always closed.

"It is going to be difficult because we run the business from hand to mouth.”

Mr Ahmad is juggling the business with studying for an undergraduate degree in international business at The University of Central Lancashire.

The 21-year-old, from Lostock, said: “We have been very vigilant since the burglary. The sign on the business is new, the people who did it must know it has just opened.

"They took notes and pound coins and 50p coins from the till but left everything else. Weighing scales were taken too and I used to measure everything.

“I have always been into cooking and this is my first business. I am hoping to open a chain. I have been working from 11am until 11pm since it opened.”

An orange Black and Decker electric screwdriver was also taken, along with an orange Black and Decker electric saw.

The student said the crime has been a setback as he was still working on the building and has now been left without tools.

He has also had to turn customers away if they want to pay by credit or debit card as he cannot use the PayPal facility after his iPad was stolen.

The business is covered by insurance but Mr Ahmad said he was not sure whether he would make a claim due to the cost of the excess.

The break-in took place between 9pm on Saturday and 11am on Sunday.

Sgt Kevin Lister, from Bolton Central Neighbourhood Policing Team, advised business owners to ensure there is adequate security measures in place.

He said cash and valuables should be removed from businesses when they are not occupied.

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1:59pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Bythegrace says...

Surely that's going to be the least of his problems now he as promoted his "mcindian" all over the papers......I wonder what action "McDonald's will be taking against this establishment??
Surely that's going to be the least of his problems now he as promoted his "mcindian" all over the papers......I wonder what action "McDonald's will be taking against this establishment?? Bythegrace
  • Score: -16

2:01pm Thu 10 Jul 14

marco999 says...

One less takeaway in Bolton? Oh no.
One less takeaway in Bolton? Oh no. marco999
  • Score: -9

2:07pm Thu 10 Jul 14

aamirahmad says...

Actually leejay considering the total value of the items taken doesnt exceed £1000. I dont know how far a claim would get me in opening a second site. Think about the accusations before you make them.

And regarding mcdonalds. There is a chain called mcchina in london who had a legal battle with mcdonalds not long ago. And the judge ruled that mcdonalds doesnt have exclusive rights to the mc prefix. So I should be ok on that front.
Actually leejay considering the total value of the items taken doesnt exceed £1000. I dont know how far a claim would get me in opening a second site. Think about the accusations before you make them. And regarding mcdonalds. There is a chain called mcchina in london who had a legal battle with mcdonalds not long ago. And the judge ruled that mcdonalds doesnt have exclusive rights to the mc prefix. So I should be ok on that front. aamirahmad
  • Score: 35

2:51pm Thu 10 Jul 14

AndyHayman says...

Bythegrace wrote:
Surely that's going to be the least of his problems now he as promoted his "mcindian" all over the papers......I wonder what action "McDonald's will be taking against this establishment??
There's already a McIndian chain in Leicester so assume McDs can't do much about it.....
[quote][p][bold]Bythegrace[/bold] wrote: Surely that's going to be the least of his problems now he as promoted his "mcindian" all over the papers......I wonder what action "McDonald's will be taking against this establishment??[/p][/quote]There's already a McIndian chain in Leicester so assume McDs can't do much about it..... AndyHayman
  • Score: 18

3:05pm Thu 10 Jul 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

Studying for a degree in Business, eh....?

Rule One: Any advertising is good advertising.

The cynic in me is thinking you are applying Rule One to give your new venture a boost.....

If the headline had been "Screwdriver stolen from Take-Away - Can of pop also pilfered!", it wouldn't have been too wide of the mark, would it?

Anyway, credit where it's due, it's job done as far as you're concerned - the name McIndian is now on everyone's radar....
Studying for a degree in Business, eh....? Rule One: Any advertising is good advertising. The cynic in me is thinking you are applying Rule One to give your new venture a boost..... If the headline had been "Screwdriver stolen from Take-Away - Can of pop also pilfered!", it wouldn't have been too wide of the mark, would it? Anyway, credit where it's due, it's job done as far as you're concerned - the name McIndian is now on everyone's radar.... OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: -3

3:14pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Back oth Bank Boy says...

I'll be there when I will be in town. They didn't say if they deliver. Come on
Bolton News do your job proper.
I'll be there when I will be in town. They didn't say if they deliver. Come on Bolton News do your job proper. Back oth Bank Boy
  • Score: 11

3:39pm Thu 10 Jul 14

atlas123 says...

Back oth Bank Boy wrote:
I'll be there when I will be in town. They didn't say if they deliver. Come on
Bolton News do your job proper.
Im sure they can get some liver in for special orders.

DNA on the can should catch these thieves, assuming the cost (thousands of £) of the DNA testing is deemed worthwhile.
[quote][p][bold]Back oth Bank Boy[/bold] wrote: I'll be there when I will be in town. They didn't say if they deliver. Come on Bolton News do your job proper.[/p][/quote]Im sure they can get some liver in for special orders. DNA on the can should catch these thieves, assuming the cost (thousands of £) of the DNA testing is deemed worthwhile. atlas123
  • Score: 14

3:58pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Balboa says...

Entrepreneur? Really?
A true entrepreneur would have IP rights on the name and/or launched a range of food products with McDonalds (international) marketing and business expertise, if they don't wipe the floor with his naming issues.

And I don't know which to disbelieve first - that there was a charity box in there, or that he is a committed under-graduate studying at Lancaster.

In other words, he opens a cheap take away on the back of an etablished name business, takes a chance to make some weekend trash money and has a moan when the going gets touch. Close it down, go back to your studies and become a doctor or something.
Entrepreneur? Really? A true entrepreneur would have IP rights on the name and/or launched a range of food products with McDonalds (international) marketing and business expertise, if they don't wipe the floor with his naming issues. And I don't know which to disbelieve first - that there was a charity box in there, or that he is a committed under-graduate studying at Lancaster. In other words, he opens a cheap take away on the back of an etablished name business, takes a chance to make some weekend trash money and has a moan when the going gets touch. Close it down, go back to your studies and become a doctor or something. Balboa
  • Score: -30

4:01pm Thu 10 Jul 14

aamirahmad says...

atlas123 wrote:
Back oth Bank Boy wrote:
I'll be there when I will be in town. They didn't say if they deliver. Come on
Bolton News do your job proper.
Im sure they can get some liver in for special orders.

DNA on the can should catch these thieves, assuming the cost (thousands of £) of the DNA testing is deemed worthwhile.
A theif not caught is a theif again. Hopefully the theif does get caught even if stolen items arent recovered so they cant steal from more victims.

Back o th bank - we do deliver but for this month whilst settling in between 6 and 9. After july we will open till late. Follow the twitter @McIndianUK too :)
[quote][p][bold]atlas123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Back oth Bank Boy[/bold] wrote: I'll be there when I will be in town. They didn't say if they deliver. Come on Bolton News do your job proper.[/p][/quote]Im sure they can get some liver in for special orders. DNA on the can should catch these thieves, assuming the cost (thousands of £) of the DNA testing is deemed worthwhile.[/p][/quote]A theif not caught is a theif again. Hopefully the theif does get caught even if stolen items arent recovered so they cant steal from more victims. Back o th bank - we do deliver but for this month whilst settling in between 6 and 9. After july we will open till late. Follow the twitter @McIndianUK too :) aamirahmad
  • Score: 9

4:10pm Thu 10 Jul 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

...and I think that's my point proven.

And by the way, it's "thief", not "theif".....
...and I think that's my point proven. And by the way, it's "thief", not "theif"..... OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: 9

4:12pm Thu 10 Jul 14

aamirahmad says...

Balboa wrote:
Entrepreneur? Really?
A true entrepreneur would have IP rights on the name and/or launched a range of food products with McDonalds (international) marketing and business expertise, if they don't wipe the floor with his naming issues.

And I don't know which to disbelieve first - that there was a charity box in there, or that he is a committed under-graduate studying at Lancaster.

In other words, he opens a cheap take away on the back of an etablished name business, takes a chance to make some weekend trash money and has a moan when the going gets touch. Close it down, go back to your studies and become a doctor or something.
A cheap takeaway today maybe. Every business starts somewhere. McDonald's didn't start by launching a range of food products with marketing and business expertise. And there are no naming issues as i said in a previous comment.
If i want to open a business whilst studying then that is my decision but thank you for your concern.
[quote][p][bold]Balboa[/bold] wrote: Entrepreneur? Really? A true entrepreneur would have IP rights on the name and/or launched a range of food products with McDonalds (international) marketing and business expertise, if they don't wipe the floor with his naming issues. And I don't know which to disbelieve first - that there was a charity box in there, or that he is a committed under-graduate studying at Lancaster. In other words, he opens a cheap take away on the back of an etablished name business, takes a chance to make some weekend trash money and has a moan when the going gets touch. Close it down, go back to your studies and become a doctor or something.[/p][/quote]A cheap takeaway today maybe. Every business starts somewhere. McDonald's didn't start by launching a range of food products with marketing and business expertise. And there are no naming issues as i said in a previous comment. If i want to open a business whilst studying then that is my decision but thank you for your concern. aamirahmad
  • Score: 22

4:14pm Thu 10 Jul 14

aamirahmad says...

OriginalAngryDad wrote:
...and I think that's my point proven.

And by the way, it's "thief", not "theif".....
autocorrect was incorrect. thanks
[quote][p][bold]OriginalAngryDad[/bold] wrote: ...and I think that's my point proven. And by the way, it's "thief", not "theif".....[/p][/quote]autocorrect was incorrect. thanks aamirahmad
  • Score: 8

4:32pm Thu 10 Jul 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

aamirahmad wrote:
OriginalAngryDad wrote:
...and I think that's my point proven.

And by the way, it's "thief", not "theif".....
autocorrect was incorrect. thanks
If your autocorrect function isn't working properly I'd recommend you get a new iPad.

I know a bloke who's selling one cheap.

He "found" it in a takeaway in town......
[quote][p][bold]aamirahmad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OriginalAngryDad[/bold] wrote: ...and I think that's my point proven. And by the way, it's "thief", not "theif".....[/p][/quote]autocorrect was incorrect. thanks[/p][/quote]If your autocorrect function isn't working properly I'd recommend you get a new iPad. I know a bloke who's selling one cheap. He "found" it in a takeaway in town...... OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: -21

6:00pm Thu 10 Jul 14

aamirahmad says...

Ok angrydad calm down. I wouldnt be surprised if you did know 'a bloke'.
Ok angrydad calm down. I wouldnt be surprised if you did know 'a bloke'. aamirahmad
  • Score: 13

7:20pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Beyond News Forum says...

aamirahmad wrote:
Actually leejay considering the total value of the items taken doesnt exceed £1000. I dont know how far a claim would get me in opening a second site. Think about the accusations before you make them.

And regarding mcdonalds. There is a chain called mcchina in london who had a legal battle with mcdonalds not long ago. And the judge ruled that mcdonalds doesnt have exclusive rights to the mc prefix. So I should be ok on that front.
Look out for Scotland becoming independent lol.

I'm opening a shop next door called McEnglish :p
[quote][p][bold]aamirahmad[/bold] wrote: Actually leejay considering the total value of the items taken doesnt exceed £1000. I dont know how far a claim would get me in opening a second site. Think about the accusations before you make them. And regarding mcdonalds. There is a chain called mcchina in london who had a legal battle with mcdonalds not long ago. And the judge ruled that mcdonalds doesnt have exclusive rights to the mc prefix. So I should be ok on that front.[/p][/quote]Look out for Scotland becoming independent lol. I'm opening a shop next door called McEnglish :p Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 11

7:39pm Thu 10 Jul 14

aamirahmad says...

Beyond News Forum wrote:
aamirahmad wrote:
Actually leejay considering the total value of the items taken doesnt exceed £1000. I dont know how far a claim would get me in opening a second site. Think about the accusations before you make them.

And regarding mcdonalds. There is a chain called mcchina in london who had a legal battle with mcdonalds not long ago. And the judge ruled that mcdonalds doesnt have exclusive rights to the mc prefix. So I should be ok on that front.
Look out for Scotland becoming independent lol.

I'm opening a shop next door called McEnglish :p
Haha why not
[quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]aamirahmad[/bold] wrote: Actually leejay considering the total value of the items taken doesnt exceed £1000. I dont know how far a claim would get me in opening a second site. Think about the accusations before you make them. And regarding mcdonalds. There is a chain called mcchina in london who had a legal battle with mcdonalds not long ago. And the judge ruled that mcdonalds doesnt have exclusive rights to the mc prefix. So I should be ok on that front.[/p][/quote]Look out for Scotland becoming independent lol. I'm opening a shop next door called McEnglish :p[/p][/quote]Haha why not aamirahmad
  • Score: 6

9:18pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Smeagol says...

What a rotten thing to happen, especially so soon after opening, after all that hard work. I hope the future has better luck for this chap and the culprits are caught.
What a rotten thing to happen, especially so soon after opening, after all that hard work. I hope the future has better luck for this chap and the culprits are caught. Smeagol
  • Score: 10

12:51am Fri 11 Jul 14

aamirahmad says...

Smeagol wrote:
What a rotten thing to happen, especially so soon after opening, after all that hard work. I hope the future has better luck for this chap and the culprits are caught.
Thanks. Appreciate the kind words :)
[quote][p][bold]Smeagol[/bold] wrote: What a rotten thing to happen, especially so soon after opening, after all that hard work. I hope the future has better luck for this chap and the culprits are caught.[/p][/quote]Thanks. Appreciate the kind words :) aamirahmad
  • Score: 9

1:27am Fri 11 Jul 14

pradagucci says...

Good luck with the venture. Hope you make millions and do well. Most people commenting on here are probably jealous due to them most likely not doing much in their own life. Probs stuck in the same job or claiming benefit and of course they r the ones using the takeaways most. If your story was to advertise that's a job well done!! Most dragons den panel including Richard Branson made it like this surviving and doing clever stunts. Don't forget free delivery over £10 will go down well with the pubs!!
Good luck with the venture. Hope you make millions and do well. Most people commenting on here are probably jealous due to them most likely not doing much in their own life. Probs stuck in the same job or claiming benefit and of course they r the ones using the takeaways most. If your story was to advertise that's a job well done!! Most dragons den panel including Richard Branson made it like this surviving and doing clever stunts. Don't forget free delivery over £10 will go down well with the pubs!! pradagucci
  • Score: 14

1:50am Fri 11 Jul 14

pradagucci says...

Balboa wrote:
Entrepreneur? Really?
A true entrepreneur would have IP rights on the name and/or launched a range of food products with McDonalds (international) marketing and business expertise, if they don't wipe the floor with his naming issues.

And I don't know which to disbelieve first - that there was a charity box in there, or that he is a committed under-graduate studying at Lancaster.

In other words, he opens a cheap take away on the back of an etablished name business, takes a chance to make some weekend trash money and has a moan when the going gets touch. Close it down, go back to your studies and become a doctor or something.
Balboa, many big entrepreneurs have ip issues people like Alan sugar so your statement is completely non sense, referring his business as a weekend trash, what business r u in? Or have not got the balls to launch your own business be it a take away? Y don't u extract your head out of the daily star and The Sun and read some "true entrepreneurs" bio maybe then you 'may' understand what it takes to get somewhere in life. Hard Work, dedication and guts.
[quote][p][bold]Balboa[/bold] wrote: Entrepreneur? Really? A true entrepreneur would have IP rights on the name and/or launched a range of food products with McDonalds (international) marketing and business expertise, if they don't wipe the floor with his naming issues. And I don't know which to disbelieve first - that there was a charity box in there, or that he is a committed under-graduate studying at Lancaster. In other words, he opens a cheap take away on the back of an etablished name business, takes a chance to make some weekend trash money and has a moan when the going gets touch. Close it down, go back to your studies and become a doctor or something.[/p][/quote]Balboa, many big entrepreneurs have ip issues people like Alan sugar so your statement is completely non sense, referring his business as a weekend trash, what business r u in? Or have not got the balls to launch your own business be it a take away? Y don't u extract your head out of the daily star and The Sun and read some "true entrepreneurs" bio maybe then you 'may' understand what it takes to get somewhere in life. Hard Work, dedication and guts. pradagucci
  • Score: 8

1:53am Fri 11 Jul 14

pradagucci says...

Balboa, many big entrepreneurs have ip issues people like Alan sugar so your statement is completely non sense, referring his business as a weekend trash, what business r u in? Or have not got the balls to launch your own business be it a take away? Y don't u extract your head out of the daily star and The Sun and read some "true entrepreneurs" bio maybe then you 'may' understand what it takes to get somewhere in life. Hard Work, dedication and guts.
Balboa, many big entrepreneurs have ip issues people like Alan sugar so your statement is completely non sense, referring his business as a weekend trash, what business r u in? Or have not got the balls to launch your own business be it a take away? Y don't u extract your head out of the daily star and The Sun and read some "true entrepreneurs" bio maybe then you 'may' understand what it takes to get somewhere in life. Hard Work, dedication and guts. pradagucci
  • Score: 6

2:00am Fri 11 Jul 14

aamirahmad says...

Balboa wrote:
Entrepreneur? Really?
A true entrepreneur would have IP rights on the name and/or launched a range of food products with McDonalds (international) marketing and business expertise, if they don't wipe the floor with his naming issues.

And I don't know which to disbelieve first - that there was a charity box in there, or that he is a committed under-graduate studying at Lancaster.

In other words, he opens a cheap take away on the back of an etablished name business, takes a chance to make some weekend trash money and has a moan when the going gets touch. Close it down, go back to your studies and become a doctor or something.
"and has a moan when the going gets touch"

I love the irony in you having a moan about me having a moan.

And thanks for the kind words pradagucci. Dont worry about balboa. For every trolls negative comment theres 2 decent comments like yours. Onwards and upwards. Everybody gets knocked down now and then. But the ones who get back up are the ones who win.
[quote][p][bold]Balboa[/bold] wrote: Entrepreneur? Really? A true entrepreneur would have IP rights on the name and/or launched a range of food products with McDonalds (international) marketing and business expertise, if they don't wipe the floor with his naming issues. And I don't know which to disbelieve first - that there was a charity box in there, or that he is a committed under-graduate studying at Lancaster. In other words, he opens a cheap take away on the back of an etablished name business, takes a chance to make some weekend trash money and has a moan when the going gets touch. Close it down, go back to your studies and become a doctor or something.[/p][/quote]"and has a moan when the going gets touch" I love the irony in you having a moan about me having a moan. And thanks for the kind words pradagucci. Dont worry about balboa. For every trolls negative comment theres 2 decent comments like yours. Onwards and upwards. Everybody gets knocked down now and then. But the ones who get back up are the ones who win. aamirahmad
  • Score: 13

4:56pm Fri 11 Jul 14

bleedingobvious says...

There's nothing wrong or illegal with having a name which mimics a big multinational.What about all the chicken takeaways which have similar names and livery to KFC, or the old Kingburger.
There's nothing wrong or illegal with having a name which mimics a big multinational.What about all the chicken takeaways which have similar names and livery to KFC, or the old Kingburger. bleedingobvious
  • Score: 4

8:37pm Fri 11 Jul 14

boltonnut says...

Black and Decker,if you really want to succeed in business buy some good stuff like Dewalt.I wish you good luck in your endeavours Aamir,hope you fulfill you ambition.
Black and Decker,if you really want to succeed in business buy some good stuff like Dewalt.I wish you good luck in your endeavours Aamir,hope you fulfill you ambition. boltonnut
  • Score: 6

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