Owner of Portsmouth shop stunned after mindless thieves trash store

David Ford outside his shop that was targeted by vandals
David Ford outside his shop that was targeted by vandals
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  • Thieves vandalise store during mindless raid
  • Items stolen include electric guitars, a mini stereo and 18-inch chrome bayonet
  • Police now appealing for information
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THE owner of a second-hand shop targeted by yobs has spoken of his anger.

David Ford owns U Name It, in Spur Road, Cosham.

I just don’t get why someone would want to do this and what they gained from such mindless vandalism

The store was broken into some time over the Christmas holidays.

The thieves not only stole items from the shop, but also went on to vandalise what was left behind with spray paint.

Mr Ford, 52, said: ‘The thefts I can just about understand, but what was the point in vandalising the store with spray paint and graffitiing everywhere?

‘It’s not great for this to happen any time of the year, but doing it over the festive period just makes it all feel worse.

‘We’re a good store and try to help out in the community as much as we can.

‘We offer people weekly payments for goods and we also lend chairs and things like that to people when they are a bit stuck for furniture.

‘We also go out and repair items and try to help the community as much as possible.

‘I just don’t get why someone would want to do this and what they gained from such mindless vandalism.’

The burglars got away with two electric guitars, a mini-stereo and an 18-inch chrome bayonet with a red handle.

But they used spray paint and damaged two leather sofas, around 10 fridge freezers and some display cabinets, as well as the walls of the store.

Mr Ford has reported the crime to police and now officers are appealing for help.

A Hampshire police spokesman said: ‘Police were called at 10.04am on Sunday, December 27, regarding a burglary at a second-hand shop in Spur Road that had occurred between Christmas Eve and Boxing day morning.

‘It was reported entry was gained via the back door 
and several items had been taken.

‘It was reported a number of fridge-freezers were spray painted with red and silver paint.

‘Among the items stolen were two electric guitars, a mini stereo and an 18-inch chrome bayonet with a red handle. These are quite unique items and therefore we are urging anyone who has recently seen or been offered these items to make contact with us.’

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote crime reference number 44150454004.

Or people can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.