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Hamlet Court Road jeweller says thanks to community for checking he's okay after raid
A JEWELLER whose shop was targeted in a quick-fire raid has praised the community for rallying round him.
Thieves got into to the jewellers, at about 12.35am on October 8, by forcing their way through doors at the back of the shop.
The store’s alarm system was triggered and the police were on the scene within minutes, but the crooks had already fled.
Owner Aaron Lyons, 33, said: “We’ve been so touched by all the well wishers, other businesses and members of the public who have got in touch to check we’re OK.
“When something like that happens to your business, you do feel a bit like you’re on your own, but everyone’s been coming in and since we reopened we’ve been really busy.
“The area has a bad reputation, but it’s not that bad. So many people have been in touch to offer support.”
While it was closed the shop was given a new look frontage, in addition to the repair work that was carried out to fix the damage the crooks caused.
Police issued a warning to other local jewellers to tighten up their security in the wake of the raid.
Anyone with information about the raid is urged to contact Det Sgt Copley, or his colleagues at Rayleigh CID, on 101. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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