Bed shop targeted in night-time raid

The Bed Shop, Front Street, Pontefract was targeted by thieves who broke in through the roof, trashed the kitchen, and made off with �1000 from the safe. Michael Blackburn and Angela Vine
The Bed Shop, Front Street, Pontefract was targeted by thieves who broke in through the roof, trashed the kitchen, and made off with �1000 from the safe. Michael Blackburn and Angela Vine
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THIEVES who trashed a Pontefract bed shop stole £1,000 and caused thousands of pounds worth of damage during a night-time raid.

Michael Blackburn, manager of The Bed Shop on Cornmarket, arrived at work last Thursday to find yobs had ripped metal bars off the roof and climbed in through the ceiling to steal the cash.

Mr Blackburn, who has worked at the store for almost six years, said he thought thieves had tried to force the fire exit open before climbing on top of a bin and entering through the roof.

He said: “I came through the car park and saw the fire exit was open. I thought one of the warehouse lads left it open but as I got closer I realise the screws had been taken off the door handle and the bin had been moved towards the roof.

“I came around the front and thought everything looked okay then I saw the filing cabinet had been knocked over and all the mess.

“I realised they had accessed the safe. Thankfully we did banking earlier in the week so there was only £1,000 in there.

“But it has disrupted us because we can’t touch anything or go in the office. What worries me is that if they get away with it, there’s nothing to stop them doing it again.

“The store has been a bed shop for 26 years and nothing like this has happened before.”

Mr Blackburn, 26, reported the incident to the police and officers attended the scene to examine the damage, which general manager, Angela Vine, said would cost thousands of pounds to repair.

Mrs Vine added: “It’s going to costs thousands of pounds, not hundreds, to repair the roof and replace some of the bed frames.

“I have never known it happen before. Bed shops don’t get targeted, we don’t have a lot of cash hanging around, it’s not an opportunist theft.

“They didn’t take computers or machines and they’re not going to take beds. They have targeted us looking for cash, but why would they think to go to a bed shop?”

Mrs Vine said the company would prosecute if those responsible were found.

She added: “We have got shutters and metal bars and we have tried to deter incidents like this but how far do you go?

“Beds aren’t small items you can just walk out with, we believe they have targeted us solely for cash.”

A spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police said the incident was being investigated. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team on 0845 6060606.