SHOP staff fear a group of thieves will stop at nothing to get their hands on expensive china following a second raid on their shop in nine months.
Royal Worcester and Royal Crown Derby items worth £50,000 were taken from Sinclairs of St Mary’s Street, Stamford on Monday night.
The raid followed a burglary in October last year when thieves got away with a £70,000 haul.
Shop manager Linda Bowskill believes the same gang is responsible and fears extra security measures could force them to target the shop during the day next time, putting staff in danger.
She said: “It’s got to the stage now where we just don’t know who might be in the shop.
“I think these items must be stolen to order and I’ll be recommending that we reconsider what items we sell. It doesn’t pay to have these expensive items in stock as it seems no matter what we do, these people will get in regardless.
“With extra security maybe they will come during the day next time and hold up the staff.
Mrs Bowskill received a call at 1.38am on Tuesday to say the alarm was going off and she arrived at the shop within 10 minutes.
She said: “A handbag falling off the shelf can be enough to set the alarm off so I assumed it would just be a five minute job to re-set the alarm. I didn’t expect it to be another break in.
“But as soon as I walked in I saw broken glass and a hammer on the floor so knew what had happened. I didn’t know whether they were still in the shop so I backed out of the door and called the police.”
The shop was closed until 2pm on Tuesday while police carried out their investigations.
The intruders got in through a window in the roof which had been reinforced with metal bars following the earlier raid.
Display cabinets were forced open and two Royal Crown Derby dinner services and 12 pieces of Royal Worcester painted fruit pattern were taken.
Police are investigating whether the two raids are linked. Anyone with information should call 0300 111 0300 quoting incident number 27 of July 19.