Jewellery valued at £40,000 has been snatched from a Horsham shop in the ‘worst’ overnight raid in ten years.
Thieves smashed the back door to gain entry to Sakakini’s in the Carfax at around 11pm last night (Wednesday July 18).
Cases were shattered using fire extinguishers and countless items were stolen including a Cartier watch and diamond earrings.
Forensic officers were on the scene this morning gathering evidence.
Owner Dominic Sakakini told the Country Times: “I felt physically sick when I found out.
“They came in over the roof and smashed the back door in.
“When I came down it was all locked up, but the police were here, and said ‘sorry, they’ve got in’.”
The 41-year-old said this is ‘the worst one in ten years’.
He believes the criminals, who targeted specific items, had ‘cased’ the shop before executing their ‘planned’ burglary.
“They’ve taken around £30,000 to £40,000, and whatever the costs are on top of that,” he continued. “I will probably shut for a couple of days, clean up, then business as usual on Saturday. You’ve just got to put it behind you.”
Mr Sakakini added he is concerned about the number of burglaries across the district.
“There’s more of them. There was an armed robbery down at the Cowfold Co-op, and I think desperate times are calling for even more desperate measures. I don’t like to say it but this is the direction we’re going in. And they’re talking about cutting police?”