Thieves steal £14k stock from Wrexham phone shop

Published date: 11 April 2014 |
Published by: Jonathan Grieve
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A STORE owner whose premises have been raided for a second time says he will not give up, despite losing stock valued at more than £14,000.

Mohammed Baidya, 22, who runs Mobilapz on Lord Street in Wrexham town centre, came to open the shop on Wednesday morning to find it ransacked.

Burglars had smashed their way in and made off with more than £14,000 worth of stock, including mobile phones and laptops.

Mr Baidya said the raiders got in through a bathroom window at the rear of the store, which looked like it had been smashed with a sledgehammer.

And despite having CCTV installed after the previous break-in, it proved fruitless because the cables to the system were ripped out – meaning there is no footage of the incident.

Mr Baidya, of Pen y Bryn, Wrexham, said: “I am not going to give up on the shop but I will have to see how far I can keep going.

“This is my livelihood. It’s what I do every day. I have bills to pay.

“I was going to buy a house but that will be difficult now.

“I have lost a lot of money because I was building up stock looking towards the Christmas period.

“People work day and night to make money and these guys come over and wipe everything out.”

The devastated manager said the burglars took about 50 items.

“It took him all of Wednesday to clear up the mess.

“It’s hard enough to run a business without things like this happening,” he added.

“The police came down and took forensic evidence, but I don’t expect anything to come from it.

“So much money was spent on renovating King Street, but there isn’t one camera outside that covers my shop.”

Mr Baidya took over the sole running of the shop about six months ago after his friend left the country.

He said in the previous break-in, which happened in October 2012, raiders make off with stock worth about £3,000.

A North Wales Police spokesman confirmed they had been called to the Lord Street shop on Wednesday at about 10am to deal with a burglary. The spokesman added electrical items were stolen and an investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information relating to the burglars is asked to call North Wales Police on 101, quoting crime reference number RC14051800.

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