When he realized he had been robbed, Ilmi Omar lost him. The small business owner has shed blood, sweat and tears at his Tottenham studio for many years. But in just 10 minutes a burglar has taken £10,000 worth of cameras, microphones and other equipment, snatching the tools he needs to make a living.
“When it sank into that, I had been robbed. I just broke down,” he told MyLondon, “I started screaming why? Who? It’s my livelihood, that’s why I wake up.
One of the reasons the suspected burglar was able to act with such speed and precision was because he was wearing a Deliveroo pilot’s jacket and carrying a bag of food. The outfit meant no one wondered why the suspect was inside the gated compound of the Tottenham Green Enterprise Center at 10pm on Saturday June 4. CCTV footage even revealed an unknowing individual waiting for the suspect to leave so he could cycle out of the compound. .
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The Deliveroo food delivery bag also apparently provided a way to hide stolen gear. Security videos showed the suspected thief weighed down by carrying £10,000 as he walked out.
Ilmi said that in the future it would be harder for him to trust delivery people. “When I see someone making a delivery now, I don’t just think of them as the delivery driver, [but also] as someone who could potentially have ulterior motives,” he said.
“It’s difficult because I don’t know how they can make it safer. Many food delivery people have generic uniforms. It’s not like the police or paramedics. These types of people do not necessarily need such a background check. There are also people who share or rent accounts to others,” Ilmi added.
“It was my dream”
It took years for Ilmi to acquire the five stolen cameras and six microphones, everything in the studio was hard earned. “I have no investors, no one gave me a dime for this,” he added, “it’s my blood, my sweat and my tears, the money I saved When people went on vacation and dined out, I was at home biding my time and investing in myself.
Having always had a passion for theater and cinema, he studied multimedia at university and learned to produce computer graphics. After graduating, he got a job at a design company, but quickly decided he wanted to be his own boss.
“I found myself what I would call a ‘dead end job’ that pays the bills so I can save money,” he explained, “over the years I’ve saved and saved , bought camera equipment and resumed filming jobs here and there.
In those early days, Ilmi often worked for free, learning new skills on YouTube and gaining experience wherever he could. It’s been a long road to finally establish Skapé Ent. studios and the one he’s incredibly proud to have taken.
“It’s been my dream,” Ilmi continued, “it’s always been something I’ve cut corners on for years. You can imagine how committed I am to my business.
Despite her success, Ilmi still supplements her studio income with a part-time job at the gym. He often comes to his home in Tottenham to edit videos late at night after shifts elsewhere. He is always the one who bears all the costs and sometimes manages things on a shoestring budget.
“I don’t charge people crazy prices”
The Londoner is keen not to charge exorbitant fees for producing videos. His company’s slogan is “premium quality for those on a budget” and he always goes the extra mile to accommodate customers who don’t necessarily have the means.
“I can provide you with all the quality, but you don’t have to have the deepest pockets,” is always Ilmi’s message to customers. “So in that aspect, it’s really for the community. I’m not trying to charge people crazy prices,” he added.
Without equipment, Ilmi cannot work. As a result, it’s not just his business that will suffer, the careers of many other content creators, whose affordable work he produces, will also be affected. He was uninsured, so he has to raise the funds himself to replace the equipment. To do this, he has set up a GoFundMe that you can donate to. here .
The Metropolitan Police have confirmed they are investigating an allegation of burglary in which a number of electrical appliances were stolen. The force said “officers have taken a statement from an informant and reviewed CCTV as part of the investigation”, adding that “no arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing”.
When approached by MyLondon, Deliveroo denied the person in the CCTV footage was “a Deliveroo rider”. MyLondon asked Deliveroo for an explanation of how they know the suspect is not a Deliveroo runner, and they said the company can “see if any runners were online and in the area at the time – and there was none”. A spokeswoman explained that the company is “unable to control whether the kit is worn without permission or by someone else.” She added that Deliveroo would “always work closely with the police and authorities to help any investigation”.
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