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Burglars smash through wall at Bacup jewellers
THIEVES smashed through a wall into a jewellery shop to steal around £1,000 of stock, police said.
The raiders targeted A and M Jewellers, in Market Street, Bacup, at around 2.30am on Wednesday, ‘popping’ open a window of the empty shop being renovated next door.
They then used a sledgehammer, or another heavy tool, to knock a two-foot hole through the ground floor brick wall into the jewellers before crawling through.
While inside, the burglars opened glass cabinets and snatched wat- ches, rings, necklaces and costume jewellery, and also left items strewn on the floor.
Infra-red sensors triggered the alarm system, which alerted police. Officers arrived within a few minutes but the thieves had already escaped.
Kay Helliwell, who runs the family business since her parents retired, said she was shocked when she discovered what had happened. She said: “We’ve had the shop here for 32 years. You think people like you and respect you and then they do this. It’s not fair when you go to work everyday, and the people who’ve done this won’t.
“Things are hard enough at a time like this. What the jewellery was worth to us won’t get paid for it down the pub, or wherever they sell it.
“They’ll be lucky to get £30 for it. We’ve lost all that money and a day’s earnings, because we had to close the shop for a day to tidy up the mess they left and other damage they’d done and repair the wall.”
Sgt Michael McBain, of Rossendale Police, said the thieves must have spent considerable time and force knocking the hole through the wall to gain entry to the shop.
He said: “We would urge anybody who has been offered cheap jewellery, especially Seico watches, in a pub or on the street, to get in contact with us.”
To report suspicious activity to the police, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or police on 101.
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