A RETRO games store owner said the damage done to his shop following a burglary will not defeat him.

The Grayco Retro Games store on Yorkshire Street, Burnley, was targeted last Friday night. Police said thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused and thousands of pounds worth of items were stolen.

Owner Damien Ellison said: “I am so gutted but it won’t defeat me.”

The store opened in December 2020 and houses a range of classic games and consoles.

Surveying the damage Damien said: “They have trashed everything and they took my till and all my consoles.

“They smashed the whole shop up and even snapped TVs. They took my VR headset, the Playstation 4, the PS3, the PS2. All the X-boxes. I am fuming.

“They kicked the back door through and bent all the metal bars.”

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(Picture Grayco Retro Games store)

The thieves also stole Pokemon advent calenders and sweets.

Damien had a Christmas lights switch on planned for Saturday and a kids birthday party for Sunday. The party went ahead but Damien said he had given some of the money back to the family and invited them back once the rooms were back in full working order.

“When we are up and running again they are welcome back. I think it is only fair.

“I just want to thank everybody for their support and helping out at the shop. Everybody who has come down, all the messages and donating stuff.

“I have had two TVs donated. I have a pallet full of donations from well-wishers.
“Thank you everybody. We are hoping to back open in the coming week.”

Police said initial enquiries were conducted which identified one of the suspects responsible. They located the suspect who was in possession of a small amount of the stolen property.

A 39-year-old man has since been charged and remanded for burglary and remains in custody. Officers have conducted further enquiries and located the remaining stolen goods at an address on Padgate Place, Burnley.

Another man has been arrested for handling stolen goods and is currently in custody awaiting interview.

Police would also like to speak to another man and released CCTV to help to identify him.

If anyone has any further information which may assist police call 101 quoting log 320 of 19/11/2021.