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Burglary at vintage shop in Colchester
10:02am Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
A SMASH and grab raider stole a guitar from a vintage shop in Colchester.
A hooded crook tried to throw his bike through the window, at the old auction house in East Hill, but it bounced off.
So he pulled a concrete slab from a neighbouring wall to smash the window.
Paul Matthews, one of the owners, said: “There was glass everywhere.
“He first tried to push his bike through to break the glass but couldn’t and then he got the concrete slab.
“Once he had broken it he put his hand through and grabbed one of the guitars.”
Five guitars were damaged during the raid.
Mr Matthews said: “The guitar was worth about £100 but was probably damaged like the others.
“He has caused £300 damage, ruined £1,000 in stock and some can’t be repaired.
“We will probably have to get shutters after this.”
The man stole a Columbus Les Paul copy.
He was dressed in a grey tracksuit with the hood up.
Mr Matthews also expressed his anger at the “pointless” attack which has cost them a lot but won’t benefit the thief.
Police are appealing for information following the raid and CCTV footage has been viewed.
The burglary took place at about 2am on Tuesday, September 10.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Colchester police station on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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