AN historic Colchester enterprise has been left counting the fee after excessive finish purses value hundreds of kilos have been stolen in a raid.
Sands & Sons, which was established in 1872, was focused at midnight by what the house owners consider was a “skilled” legal.
Hordes of high-priced Christmas inventory was taken from the store in Financial institution Passage.
The Gazette understands the criminal smashed their method into the store via the entrance door, leaving piles of shattered glass in his wake.
Supervisor Qais Paiman, 37, says the price of the housebreaking has been greater than £7,000, as a result of repairs he has needed to perform and the worth of the stolen baggage.
Mr Paiman mentioned: “They kicked the door in after which took a load of baggage which we had ordered from Italy three months earlier than.
“They have been costly leather-based baggage which moms and wives get handled to at Christmas – they value lots of of kilos.
“We have now been damaged into thrice this yr so it’s fairly worrying – these are skilled criminals.
“I’m primarily based in London however typically I’m within the store doing work fairly late with my kids – it will be traumatising if somebody broke in whereas we have been there.”
The incident occurred on October 31, with police investigating.
Earlier this week the shop additionally fell sufferer to an incident the place it’s alleged a person posing as a buyer took a handbag from a store assistant’s bag.
In line with Mr Paiman, the “charming” shopper had beforehand visited the shop to order a bag, earlier than returning to choose it up on Tuesday.
Whereas the useful worker went to gather his buy, he was caught on digital camera making his method right into a staff-only room and allegedly taking a handbag.
“He was very effectively spoken, his haircut was very effectively performed, and he was dressed correctly, so you wouldn’t assume he’s this sort of particular person,” added Mr Paiman.
“I reckon he was in search of a protected so he may come again at one other time to steal it.
“We’re going via very tough occasions and if he was a very good particular person he wouldn’t be doing something like this.
“I’m not eager on him being put behind bars however we don’t need him to be going to different locations and doing the identical factor.”
Essex Police have been contacted for remark.