Blackburn businessman offers £250k reward to catch armed raiders

This Is Lancashire: Jason Cropper who was injured in the raid on his home said: “It is important these people  are caught” Jason Cropper who was injured in the raid on his home said: “It is important these people are caught”

A MULTI-MILLIONAIRE is offering a £250,000 reward to help catch armed robbers who raided his luxury home.

Jason Cropper, the founder of Blackburn e-cigarette company Totally Wicked, said he was prepared to hand over the cash for information that led to the conviction of the gang.

And the 48-year-old, who lives in Samlesbury, said the amount would increase by £5,000 per week for each of the men until they were caught.

He has also hired a private investigator.

He said: “To me, the money is irrelevant. It is nice to have, but is not particularly important.

“What is important is that the people are caught.”

Mr Cropper, who lives alone, was tied up when the masked raiders, armed with crowbars, burst into his £750,000 home in August last year as he let his cat out.

He suffered head injuries and could not walk properly for a week after being hit and dragged along the ground.

He said he believed the group thought he had £4million of gold in his house, which he had recently bought.

After dousing him with bleach and covering his head with a towel, the attackers made off with Mr Cropper’s Range Rover, which was worth £60,000 and contained two gold bars worth around £50,000, plus three watches and £70,000 in cash from his home.

The car was later found burnt out.

The businessman said although the reward was higher than the value of the items taken, he was more concerned about catching those responsible.

He said: “I am hoping the reward will just give us one piece of factual evidence.

“Maybe somebody has bought one of the watches or been offered one of the gold bars. I need this strong bit of evidence.”

He added that he believed the gang, which was made up of four people, had at least two accomplices and that he was willing to offer £25,000 for information that led to each of their arrests.

That figure will also increase by £2,500 each week until their conviction.

Mr Cropper said he believed that one of the attackers had a Liverpool accent and that other gang members could be from Accrington and Blackburn.

He added he thought the robbers were known to him because of how well they knew his house.

A police investigation was launched, but Mr Cropper has now hired a private investigator to look into the incident.

Since the attack, on August 1 last year, he has spent around £20,000 on advanced security, including 10 cameras, lights, 8ft fencing, a monitored alarm system and a guard dog.

Mr Cropper said he had felt scared and paranoid to be in his home since the robbery.

He said: “It is a personal thing. I am not going to be a victim and I am not going to allow anybody to walk all over me.

“I do not care if I have to sell the house. These people will be found.”

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said officers had been made aware of the reward.

He said: “An investigation is ongoing and police are obviously treating the robbery very seriously.

“We are doing everything we can to try and trace the offenders.

“I would appeal for any witnesses to come forward.”

Anybody with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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6:35am Fri 10 Jan 14

HarryBosch says...

Lots of differing figures there LT, I think it needs some clarification.
I hope Mr Cropper gets the information he seeks and that these people are brought to justice.
Lots of differing figures there LT, I think it needs some clarification. I hope Mr Cropper gets the information he seeks and that these people are brought to justice. HarryBosch
  • Score: 45

9:56am Fri 10 Jan 14

mastergx says...

Well done Mr Cropper, that's exactly what I would do in his position. A gang attacked me in a nightclub who didn't know me from Adam. I had to do all the legwork myself to bring the attackers to justice, which I eventually did. Maybe he should approach the Crimewatch programme in order to get a bigger exposure? All the best Mr Cropper and I look forward to you getting results, ( which I am sure you will).
Well done Mr Cropper, that's exactly what I would do in his position. A gang attacked me in a nightclub who didn't know me from Adam. I had to do all the legwork myself to bring the attackers to justice, which I eventually did. Maybe he should approach the Crimewatch programme in order to get a bigger exposure? All the best Mr Cropper and I look forward to you getting results, ( which I am sure you will). mastergx
  • Score: 47

12:00pm Fri 10 Jan 14

woolywords says...

£250k is bound to break that binding code of honour amongst thieves.
£250k is bound to break that binding code of honour amongst thieves. woolywords
  • Score: 30

3:21pm Fri 10 Jan 14

wulver says...

Well done Jason, I really hope you find out who did this to you and they get the punishment they deserve. We were broken into and robbed, our dog was stabbed with the tool that the used to break in with which they left behind over ten years ago and believe me it stays with you. Theyre scum at the end of the day and even when punished they will never know how it feels until theyve worked for it and it happens to them. Take care.
Well done Jason, I really hope you find out who did this to you and they get the punishment they deserve. We were broken into and robbed, our dog was stabbed with the tool that the used to break in with which they left behind over ten years ago and believe me it stays with you. Theyre scum at the end of the day and even when punished they will never know how it feels until theyve worked for it and it happens to them. Take care. wulver
  • Score: 18

4:17pm Fri 10 Jan 14

stevencjohn says...

id do more then offer a reward when you find out who they are go track them and their families down and when found threaten them just like they did
id do more then offer a reward when you find out who they are go track them and their families down and when found threaten them just like they did stevencjohn
  • Score: 9

5:07pm Fri 10 Jan 14

noddy57 says...

woolywords wrote:
£250k is bound to break that binding code of honour amongst thieves.
yes of course money talks especially in the criminal fraternity,, its no different to the rest of the community when it comes to financial inducements,,l genuinly hope mr cropper recovers his confidence and the culprits are caught,
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: £250k is bound to break that binding code of honour amongst thieves.[/p][/quote]yes of course money talks especially in the criminal fraternity,, its no different to the rest of the community when it comes to financial inducements,,l genuinly hope mr cropper recovers his confidence and the culprits are caught, noddy57
  • Score: 14

5:19pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Sogden says...

I just hope he doesnt tell the police when he finds them
I just hope he doesnt tell the police when he finds them Sogden
  • Score: 8

8:22pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Common_Sense1 says...

Why did he have 50k in gold and 70k cash in his house? That doesn't quite seem legit?
Why did he have 50k in gold and 70k cash in his house? That doesn't quite seem legit? Common_Sense1
  • Score: -4

9:29pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Unhappycyclist says...

Had I been in this Gentleman's position, i.e.a successful , wealthy businessman, I admire his restraint considering what he was put through.

He has offered a legal, albeit large reward for the offenders to be brought to justice.

If I had that sort of money, and it had happened to me, I don't think that I could be persuaded not to exact a less legal retribution.

Like he says, they now have nowhere to hide.

Kudos to the gent.
Had I been in this Gentleman's position, i.e.a successful , wealthy businessman, I admire his restraint considering what he was put through. He has offered a legal, albeit large reward for the offenders to be brought to justice. If I had that sort of money, and it had happened to me, I don't think that I could be persuaded not to exact a less legal retribution. Like he says, they now have nowhere to hide. Kudos to the gent. Unhappycyclist
  • Score: 7

9:58pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Pommie Art says...

when caught by private investigations, the thing to do is cripple them all so they cannot re offend again. that's the only way to deal with SCUM.
when caught by private investigations, the thing to do is cripple them all so they cannot re offend again. that's the only way to deal with SCUM. Pommie Art
  • Score: 8

11:47pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Sogden says...

Common_Sense1 wrote:
Why did he have 50k in gold and 70k cash in his house? That doesn't quite seem legit?
You want to see how many windows he has, and milk too. You can never have enough on you to pay those kind of bills. And who doesn't have a pair of gold bars knocking around.
[quote][p][bold]Common_Sense1[/bold] wrote: Why did he have 50k in gold and 70k cash in his house? That doesn't quite seem legit?[/p][/quote]You want to see how many windows he has, and milk too. You can never have enough on you to pay those kind of bills. And who doesn't have a pair of gold bars knocking around. Sogden
  • Score: -6

12:13pm Sat 11 Jan 14

sagems says...

good luck jason if £250 k doesnt flush them out nothing will
good luck jason if £250 k doesnt flush them out nothing will sagems
  • Score: 5

1:27am Sun 12 Jan 14

Tashan90 says...

Major respect for this man. I hope the scumbags who did this get all that they deserve.
Major respect for this man. I hope the scumbags who did this get all that they deserve. Tashan90
  • Score: 3

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