A RAIDER who knows his fashion brands stole £10,000 worth of stock in minutes in an early morning raid.
It is the second time the fashion shop Javelin, in Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmunds, has been victim of a smash and grab raid. It was hit at about the same time last year.
Andy Ashman, manager of the firm’s Sudbury store, who lives nearby, was called in after the shop alarm went off just after 4.40am on Monday.
“One guy has kicked in the door and taken 10 grand’s worth of stock,” he said. “He knows what he’s after because he comes in and hits specific places, specific brands.”
He took Barbour jackets, watches and the shop’s most expensive jeans by Diesel. He had to be quick because breaking in set off the alarm.
Mr Ashman added: “He left the place in a state. The watch cabinet he just pulled down and damaged the floor and a bit of stock. Clothes were left strewn all over the floor.
But Mr Ashman pulled out all the stops to have everything cleared up so the shop could open as normal.
“We can’t afford to lose a morning’s takings on top of the stock that was stolen,” he said.
The shop’s CCTV shows one man breaking in, but does not clearly show his features.
As well as its Bury founding store, Javelin has shops in Market Hill and Friars Street in Sudbury. It stocks brands ranging from high street names, such as Vero Moda and Superdry, to top designer brands including Vivienne Westwood, Diesel, Scotch and Soda and Hugo Boss.
Police ask anyone with information about the raid, or anyone trying to sell the stolen goods, to call Pc John Moore on 101 quoting BU/12/2791.