Llandudno shop owner "not shocked" by burglary


James Wilde

Llandudno has been dealt a further blow as another shop in the town has been burgled.

Leathercraft on Mostyn Street had its shop window smashed in and eight Kiplin handbags worth almost £700 were taken overnight on Tuesday (March 7).

This follows a burglary on Clifton House Newsagents where a female shop assistant was threatened with a knife by a robber before he made off with cash and cigarettes.

Despite never being victim of a robbery during their twenty year exisistence in Llandudno, Leathercraft owner William Thomas wasn’t suprised when an employee rang him to tell him they had been broken into.

He said: “I wasn’t shocked. It does seem to be happening more and more. The Clifton Newsagents robbery and the attack on Gregory’s Jewellers last year show that.

”I’m happy that none of my staff were in there at the time, it could have been ten times worse.”

Mr Thomas, who also has a store in Bangor which he took over from his parents, will now step up security in his shop is hopeful that the series of thefts will come to an end.

”I don’t want these thieves in Llandudno. The window will cost me almost £1,000 to replace as well as the cost of the handbags and my insurance will go up. It’s not fair.”

District Inspector Kelly Isaacs said: “It is upsetting for the victim and our wider business community to see a local independent retailer suffer crime.

”Leather Craft has been part of Llandudno shopping for many years and we hope the community will support the victim and the police by coming forward with information about this offence.”

Anyone with information relating to the burglary is asked to call Llandudno police station on 101 quoting reference RC17032008.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or contact the control room direct via the new web live chat http://www.north-wales.police.uk/contact/chat-support.aspx

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