Brazen thieves stole cash and cards worth more than £500 after wandering into the staff area of a Braintree shop.

They managed to access both a small storage cupboard in a staff room and a stock room at For All Occasions, in High Street, between 1pm and 3.15pm on February 24.

A cash box and personal items, including a purse, cash and cash cards, were taken.

In total, the items stolen and their contents were valued at £563.