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Connah's Quay shop owner's bid to help burglary victim

Published date: 26 March 2014 |
Published by: David Humphreys
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A BIG-HEARTED business owner is raising money to help a 94-year-old pensioner who was victim of a sickening burglary.

Clair Grimes is hoping to generate as much as possible to help Stan Bellis, 94, who fell victim to callous distraction burglars on Friday.

Three men who posed as window cleaners tricked Mr Bellis in to letting them in to his home as they said they were collecting ladders.

One man, believed to be in his 20s, distracted Mr Bellis while others ransacked his bedrooms, taking £300 from his 81-year-old wife’s purse and her pearl necklace.

Now Clair, who manages Racing Cutz barber’s shop at the Red Hall Precinct in Connah’s Quay, has launched a collection box for customers to donate towards a fund for Mr Bellis when they visit her store for a hair cut. She said: “People have been coming in with a little bit extra to help Stan.

“I’ve been putting my tips in and all the girls I work with have done the same.”

Clair began the collection on Monday and has already made more than £100 to help the partially sighted former RAF serviceman, who said he cannot sleep after the raid on his home where he has lived for more than 50 years.

“A nephew of Stan’s neighbour  got in touch with me oand asked if I’d organise a collection for Stan,” Clair added.

“We put up a little explanation about what happened and many people got in touch and starting coming in with donations.

“Many of my customers have seen him out walking his dog.

“He’s quite well known in the area. He’s not a customer at out shop but I will donate a gift voucher for a few hair cuts if he’d like to call. He’s lost quite a large amount so I want to raise as much money as we can.”

Mr Bellis: "It’s very nice of the people to do that. I’ve never been in debt and never owed anybody money before but it’s very nice for them to do this for me. Connah's Quay is a great town.”

Mr Bellis said he was recovering from the shock of the burglary on Friday night.

"I'm not as bad now," he said.

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