Po­lice in­ves­ti­gate theft of shop’s or­na­men­tal dragon

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - kim.hor­[email protected]­plc.com KIM HOR­TON

To those that stole from me, I want to say how dare you. I work hard ... I have to earn money Ata­lanta Gourlay

ASHOPKEEPE­R has been left an­gry and dis­heart­ened af­ter a thief stole a two-foot-tall or­na­men­tal dragon from out­side her shop.

The owner of Scene It, in Chel­tenham, claims she had seen two men out­side her shop the day be­fore and won­dered what they were up to.

The theft from the shop which sells or­na­men­tal items has come as a shock to the shop owner.

Ata­lanta Gourlay, 55 from Chel­tenham said: “I saw these char­ac­ters out­side the shop on Fri­day. They were young men on bikes and I would say that they were around 18 to 21 years old. They were back on Satur­day.

“I saw them and was about to make my way to the front of the shop where some of the or­na­men­tal dragons were dis­played. One of them grabbed one of the or­na­men­tal dragons by the neck and cy­cled off.”

The dragon stands two feet tall and is quite un­usual and worth around £150.

Ms Gourlay called the po­lice straight away who were at the scene within min­utes. She said: “I was re­ally an­gry with my­self for not get­ting to the shop front in time. I am up­set that I have been able to leave items out­side my shop for years - then this hap­pens.

“To those that stole from me, I want to say how dare you. I work hard and I have to earn money to run the shop and buy stock in bulk. I sell these items to make a liv­ing. Not for you to come along and steal.”

Ms Gourlay is ap­peal­ing to the public to come for­ward with any in­for­ma­tion that they may have. It would have been an un­usual sight to see a young man on a bike with a two-foot-tall dragon in hand. The in­ci­dent hap­pened at about 2.30pm on Satur­day Septem­ber 7.

A Glouces­ter­shire po­lice spokesper­son said: “At around 2.22pm on Satur­day 7 Septem­ber po­lice were called with a re­port that a two-foot-tall or­na­men­tal dragon had been stolen from out­side a shop. Two men ap­proached the store, took the or­na­men­tal dragon and fled on a bi­cy­cle in the di­rec­tion of Fairview Road.

“Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the theft should call po­lice on 101 and ref­er­ence crime 28047/19.”

An or­na­men­tal dragon sim­i­lar to the one that was stolen from out­side of Scene It

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