Trader vows to carry on despite two raids

The fire near Kentidge Way, Waterlooville, yesterday. Picture: Craig Handy

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SHOPKEEPER Elizabeth Hayward has spoken of her heartache after crooks have twice targeted her antiques shop.

Dragon Treasures, located inside the Folly Market, Petersfield, was raided by burglars between 5pm on Monday, November 14 and 9am on Tuesday, November 15.

The intruders cut a hole in the roof to get inside and CCTV showed they wore torches strapped to their heads throughout the raid to avoid having to turn on any lights in the shop.

They made off with jewellery worth £13,000, including gold and silver rings, necklaces, pendants and chains.

It is the second time in 15 months that the shop has been targeted by thieves.

Three men were convicted after they were caught on CCTV in September 2010 stealing £2,000 worth of stock from the shop during a distraction burglary.

Mrs Hayward said: ‘I almost called it a day personally because this is the second time in just over a year.

‘But my customers have been so good about it I am going to keep on going, as I am the last shop of this kind left in the town.

‘We have decided we are now going to stop selling any gold and silver jewellery though, and concentrate on the china and furniture instead.’

She said the intruders were almost disturbed by an early morning cleaner who came in to scrub the Folly Wine Bar nearby.

The cleaner heard a noise but did not see anything and returned to work.

Mrs Hayward added: ‘They even had decanters on the roof which they used to scoop the jewellery into.’

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