THE owners of two Burton businesses have spoken of their anger after they were targeted by thieves in an early morning raid.
Cigarettes with a value of between £7,000 and £8,000 were taken from Booze City in Derby Street at approximately 4.30am yesterday. Only eight weeks ago the shop was subject to another burglary. The window of nearby Terry Bushell Travel was also smashed. However, the thugs left empty-handed after finding no cash on the premises.
Omar Tekrimi only started running Booze City two weeks ago after renting the property from former shopkeeper Fiaz Ahmed. He told the Mail: “I came to the shop at about 5am and saw that the back door had been broken into.
“They’ve gone through four doors to get in – a shutter, a safety door then two other doors. It looks like they used jacks to lift the shutter and help themselves to what they wanted. When I first moved in I asked about getting the door blocked up completely so that this sort of thing wouldn’t happen but East Staffordshire Borough Council told me it has to be a fire exit.”
Fiaz Ahmed, who still owns the property, added: “I noticed they’ve also taken five rolls of Lottery scratchcards as well, which are worth about £160 each. We’re also missing a bin, which we think was filled it up with the cigarettes before they ran off.”
Nearby Terry Bushell Travel, which was hit by arsonists in 2007, was also targeted as the raiders smashed their way through the front window. Mr Bushell’s daughter, Linzi Martin, who was at the business yesterday morning, said: “Nothing was taken, but they went in and had a look around. It’s just mindless. They didn’t trash the place, but they’ve opened filing cabinets and tried to find things. However, what they might not have realised is that we’ve got CCTV fitted, so hopefully they will be identified and caught.”
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “We received a report of a burglary at the newsagents at 5.15am and the travel company at 5.45am. We are appealing for anyone with information to contact us using the non-emergency 101 number, quoting incident number 63 on June 12.”