Shop owner devastated after burglary

A GOLF shop owner has spoken of his devastation after burglars broke into his shop and stole £30,000 worth of stock.Tony Dobson said at least 90% of the goods on sale at his Golf Direct store at Wherstead's Bourne Hill had been cleared out during the overnight raid.

A GOLF shop owner has spoken of his devastation after burglars broke into his shop and stole £30,000 worth of stock.

Tony Dobson said at least 90% of the goods on sale at his Golf Direct store at Wherstead's Bourne Hill had been cleared out during the overnight raid.

The burglars are believed to have used a crowbar to break into the front door of the premises between 10.15pm on Tuesday and 2am yesterday.

They stole £30,000 worth of golfing products including clubs and top brand equipment and clothing, leaving just a handful of bags and accessories.


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Mr Dobson said: “It's absolutely terrible. We had a nice range of stock and things were going well and then you come in and see the whole place has been guttered.

“They have taken everything. There's not a single pair of shoes and every single golf ball is gone. They've left us with one of two bags and a few accessories.

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“They crow barred the door open and they also broke through the gates as well. It's devastating because we bought a lot of stock at really good prices and there is stuff we cannot re-buy again.”

A spokeswoman for Ipswich police said the shop was broken into between 10.15pm on Tuesday and 2am yesterday.

“About £30,000 worth of stock is estimated to have been taken at this stage. Clubs, clothes, shoes and bags have all been removed. The owner is making a stock list,” she added.

Mr Dobson said the shop would remain open because it serves visitors to the nearby golfing range and he plans to have a 25% off sale on the bags that are left to raise money for new stock before the insurance is settled.

The shop has been open for almost five years but has never had a break in before.

“I have a meeting tomorrow to sort out the insurance side of it and order new stock and we hope within four or five days to be well stocked again,” he said.

“We've had the police here this morning going through the place and detectives looking to see what happened.

“It looks like a professional job with a big lorry. They knew what they were doing. We hope police catch who's responsible and get the stock back again.”

Anyone with information on the incident should contact Pc Ben Coombes on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on freephone 0800 55111.

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