Nottinghamshire Police investigating Radcliffe tech shop burglary appeal for public's help in finding van wanted in connection
Police investigating a tech burglary are appealing to the public for help in finding a van wanted in connection with the incident.
The owner of a computer shop said his company has suffered a significant financial loss after being burgled of around £2,000-worth of mobile phones and laptops.
They said this was yet another blow after being hit economically by the covid pandemic.
The break-in took place at Radtek on Cropwell Road, Radcliffe, on Tuesday just after 9pm, in which the front door and shop window were smashed.
In the hope of catching those responsible, police have now released an image of a white and blue Ford van seen driving away from the incident.
This was reported by a passer-by who saw two people carry out the offence before loading up the transit-style van, which also had a blue strip at the bottom, before driving off.
Mathew Fraser-Smith, who runs the family business alongside his dad and brother, said: "Financially, it's really not good for us.
"Like all shops, we were closed for a long time due to the pandemic and we were just getting up and running and again.
"It's so disheartening to experience something like this but thankfully, even though we've lost a lot, we did have a fair amount saved up so we are hoping to recover quickly. We have reopened today as normal and have managed to tidy up the mess. We won't let it get us down."
Neighbourhood Inspector Rob Lawton, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "It's appalling to hear of a local business being targeted in this way. Many shops are not able to sustain a financial blow on this scale having been closed for so long during the various lockdowns.
"We will do everything to track down the offenders and are carrying out thorough inquiries.
"We are appealing to anyone who might recognise the van in this picture and to anyone in the local area who saw or heard anything suspicious.
"Please get in touch with us on 101, no matter how small you think the information might be, it might just be the detail needed to track down a suspect."
People with information should call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident 750 of August 31.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.