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Sunday, 26 October 2014

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Burglars make off with major haul from Cumbrian antiques shop

Thieves raided a west Cumbrian antiques shop and made off with £8,000 in cash and jewellery.

Cockermouth Antiques photo
Cockermouth Antiques

The burglars used bolt croppers to remove window bars from Cockermouth Antiques in the early Sunday morning raid.

Owner Gwenda Davies, who runs the business with Elaine Bell, says she is “devastated”.

The crooks smashed glass shelves and cabinets before making off with valuable gold and silver items, leaving a trail of destruction.

The haul included chains, wedding rings, diamond and sapphire rings, an art deco Seiko watch with a bird decoration, and a silver heart-shaped embossed trinket box.

The till, which contained £300 cash, was also taken.

Mrs Davies told the News & Star: “It’s really sad and we’re devastated as we are not insured for the contents.

“The alarm went off but no-one takes any notice when it sounds. I think the burglars must have been disturbed because there was a terrible mess including a trail of jewellery and cash. We got some of the cash back as they dropped it on the floor.

“We’ve run the business for 30 years and we’ve been burgled three times in the last two years. It really makes you think about retiring. It’s a bad loss for us.”

The total value of goods stolen and the damage is estimated to be about £10,000.

Mrs Davies said the burglars entered the back of the shop in Main Street and cut through some window bars and bent some others back.

“We are going to have to brick up the window now and install a sophisticated CCTV system,” she said.

Police say the break-in, at the Station Street shop, happened between 2.20am and 5am on Sunday. Despite the damage, the shop is open.

Mrs Davies said: “We were still cleaning up at midnight on Sunday. It’s a shame because it’s hard to get good quality second hand jewellery. It’s probably all gone to the cash for gold sellers now.”

Witnesses are asked call police on 101.

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