Burglars strike twice at Portsmouth social enterprise shop

SADDENED Jason Bentley, 43, at The Recycled Assets Company in Kingston Road, Portsmouth
SADDENED Jason Bentley, 43, at The Recycled Assets Company in Kingston Road, Portsmouth
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CROOKS targeted an enterprise that gives work to vulnerable people and sells second-hand furniture at low prices twice within four days.

The Recycled Assets Company shop in Kingston Road, Portsmouth, was broken into last Thursday or Friday, with £100 being stolen from a till – enough money to pay an apprentice’s wage for a week.

It was burgled again on Sunday. The till was opened but no money was left in it overnight.

Jason Bentley, founder of the shop and its warehouse in Anson Road, Milton, said he was saddened by the burglaries.

He said: ‘We came into work on Monday. Before the second occasion I had reinforced the door to stop anyone getting in and they had ripped it off its hinges.

‘We’re now not leaving any money on site because of what happened.

‘There was about £4 in change in the till when they came back at the weekend.

‘They left it there, but they had opened up the till so they were definitely checking the place for cash.

‘I took the laptop away with me to stop anything else being taken.

‘The safe had been moved but luckily we do not keep anything in it.

‘They had a good rummage around. They may have taken some furniture but it is hard to know if anything has gone.

‘I’m now going to have to get CCTV for the shop and an alarm because of what has happened.

‘It’s awful. It’s really awful for the staff.

‘It’s such a horrible feeling that they have taken stuff.

‘Even if they stole a chair or a table, if still damages us.

‘Because everything is low cost, it takes us a long time to make that money.’

A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary confirmed the force is investigating two burglaries at the premises.

Anyone with information on the burglaries is asked to contact investigating officer PC Scott Kerr by calling 101.