Bur­glars ran­sack clothes shop in seven-hour raid

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -

BRAZEN bur­glars spent SEVEN HOURS ran­sack­ing a shop – and even came back again with a change of clothes to fin­ish the job.

Around £7,000 worth of stock was stolen from the cloth­ing shop Dap­per on Warner Street in Ac­cring­ton.

Owner Lee Makin only opened the store at the end of March and said it will now be closed for at least a month.

In a sep­a­rate break-in in April, thieves made off with around £1,000 worth of stock.

Lee, 41, from Ac­cring­ton, said in the latest raid the of­fend­ers ‘emp­tied ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing’ in­clud­ing the till and even came back af­ter chang­ing into wa­ter­proof clothes to fin­ish the job.

He told the Ob­server: “It is ridicu­lous. They came about 7.30pm and kept com­ing back. The pubs were still open at that time and buses were still run­ning, but they didn’t care.

“They kept com­ing back and even came with another change of clothes.”

Po­lice said the bur­glary hap­pened from af­ter 7pm on Mon­day, Septem­ber 4, to around 3am on Tues­day, Septem­ber 5.

Lee, who pre­vi­ously ran the shop in Clitheroe for six years be­fore mov­ing to Warner Street, said: “Ev­ery­thing had gone. Jack­ets, jeans, T-shirts, the whole stock. There wasn’t much in the back room be­cause it’s end of sea­son. Had it been October it could have been a lot worse.

“I’ll need to go through it all with the in­sur­ers, and if it doesn’t work out then I will have to close.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion call po­lice on 101.

The ran­sacked shop and, right, CCTV of one of the raiders

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