Jewellery burglary

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A clothes and jewellery shop was victim to a second smash and grab in as many weeks.

Jewellery worth an estimated £600 was taken from Sun Lane store The Dressing Room’s shop window when thieves smashed through toughened glass and a glass cabinet.

Owner Bev Beak believes the same thieves who snatched £1,000 worth of jewellery from her shop between June 30 and July 1 are responsible.

“They left some behind last time and came back for it yesterday,” she said.

She was told of the latest break in by police at 8am on Monday after it was noticed by the same member of the public who discovered the first theft.

“I have been here for four years and never had any trouble whatsoever and now this twice in two weeks,” said Mrs Beak, of Falmouth Avenue. “I have to think about what I put in my window now.”

The Dressing Room is an agency which sells clothes, handbags, jewellery and accessories for people for a 50% service fee.

It has remained open despite the theft and the window, which has been boarded up, is being replaced today.

“It doesn’t even belong to me. I’m selling it for others,” she said.

“It’s a bit of a worry that we can’t put anything nice in your window because it’s too attractive to thieves. That is how I get a lot of my business.

“It is a walkthrough to the town and it’s quite busy at night which is when people look in the window. Even if I’m not open they come back later and buy what they have seen.

“My customers have been wonderful and very supportive.