Shocking CCTV shows Eyres of Chesterfield being raided – the second time in a month

Burglars have raided furniture department store Eyres of Chesterfield twice in just over a month - smashing the same glass door and making off with stock worth hundreds of pounds.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 12:35 pm

Shockingly this is the third time the 145-year-old shop has been targeted.

CCTV footage taken during the latest break-in - yesterday (Thursday) at just before 4am - shows the brazen criminals hurling two pieces of paving through the shop’s glass door on Cavendish Street.

After gaining entry they quickly empty stock from shelves - stuffing three bags before stepping back through the broken glass panel the way they entered - in just over three minutes.

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After ransacking the shop wearing hoods, masks and gloves the burglars made off with stainless steel coffee pots, expensive tweed and leather cushions and silverware

After ransacking the shop wearing hoods, masks and gloves they make off with stainless steel coffee pots, expensive tweed and leather cushions and silverware.

However during a burglary last month in the early hours of February 6 a set of high-quality Grunwerg chef’s knives - some of which are eight inches long - were taken.

Ben Fletcher-Bates, who works in marketing for Eyres, speaking about the knives theft last month, said: “Whether the knives were intended to do people harm or just highly-valued for resale, I don’t know - but it’s worrying.

“They seem like professionals - just doing the job quickly and getting out as fast as they can.

The raiders scour the shop for valuable items

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“After the second break-in we had extra CCTV put in but they don’t seem bothered by the cameras at all.

“It's concerning because this is costing us money - we’re a business and they’re targeting us in particular. We’re worried they’re just going to keep doing it until they get caught.

“We’re a big prominent building right in the town centre so we just want people to know what they’re doing and to be on the lookout.”

The pair make off with the stolen goods the same way they entered the shop

Ben, 46, is appealing for other businesses in the area with CCTV to come forward if they have footage which might help police catch up with those responsible.

A Deryshire Police spokesman said: “The force was contacted to reports that a break in had occurred at Eyres of Chesterfield.

"Enquiries are ongoing into the incident and officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have information that can assist in their investigation.”

Anyone with information should contact the force with reference 21*137393.

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