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‘We’ve never had a break-in like this’ - business stunned by overnight burglary

PUBLISHED: 13:37 14 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:19 14 August 2018

It's business as usual at HTS Supplies in Chedgrave, which fell victim to an overnight break-in. Picture: HTS Supplies

It's business as usual at HTS Supplies in Chedgrave, which fell victim to an overnight break-in. Picture: HTS Supplies

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A business has been left to count the costs after falling victim to a burglary which saw thousands of pounds worth of stock stolen.

About £12,000 worth of power tools were stolen in the burglary. Picture: HTS SuppliesAbout £12,000 worth of power tools were stolen in the burglary. Picture: HTS Supplies

HTS Supplies, based on Langley Road in Chedgrave, had power tools worth about £12,000 taken when an unknown offender(s) broke into the premises in the early hours of Sunday, August 12.

Police say that, at some point between 2.22am and 2.29am, entry was forced by smashing the glass in the front door of the business - which is offering a £1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Simon Rankin, who works in the HTS shop and lives on the same road, said the first task for staff had been to establish exactly what had been stolen and the financial impact on the company.

“I live virtually opposite the place and didn’t hear a thing,” said Mr Rankin, 52. “At about 7am on Sunday morning I got up and saw a message from my boss saying there had been a break-in, so I went straight over to HTS.

About £12,000 worth of power tools were stolen in the burglary. Picture: HTS SuppliesAbout £12,000 worth of power tools were stolen in the burglary. Picture: HTS Supplies

“It turned out that one of our employees, who set up the computer and alarm system, had been alerted in the middle of the night. He’d called the police and made it down to HTS about 10 minutes after whoever broke in had left.

“Once I arrived at work, I helped clear up the mess and we made a list of what had actually gone missing from our stock. If we go by the recommended retail price, we’ve had about £12,000 worth of equipment stolen.”

As the business is left to recover from the burglary, which saw Milwaukee and Dewalt tools stolen, employees are now attempting to proceed with business as usual in an area which is seldom subjected to such crimes.

“We’ve never had a break-in like this in the past and, from what I can remember, there’s only been one other break-in like this in the recent past,” added Mr Rankin. “We’ll be putting extra security measures in place from now on.

“A forensics team was down here on Sunday and hopefully some progress will be made with the police investigation in the near future.”

Norfolk Constabulary’s investigation is ongoing and officers are asking witnesses to come forward.

Anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area at the times stated should contact Norfolk Constabulary on 101, quoting crime reference 36/496/36/18.

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