The owners of a fishing tackle shop in Sutton Bridge claim their lives have been “destroyed” by raiders who smashed their way in, stealing cash and fishing gear.
A gang raided Bring on the Bait in Bridge Road after smashing a window to get in and steal an estimated £2,500 worth of goods, including fishing reels, rods, seat boxes and a cash till.
The shop was targeted some time after 1am on Friday and co-owner Nathaniel Woodward said: “They came through the window and destroyed the place, leaving us in a right mess.
“Around £2,500 worth of stuff has gone, including 40 fishing reels, 35 rods, a till system, five seat boxes and £12 in petty cash.
“We closed the shop at 6.30pm on Thursday and there was a police officer outside the shop at about 1am when everything was in good order.”
A bakery next door to Bring on the Bait, Mitzy’s the Bakers, was also broken into where charity money meant for Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care was stolen.
A staff member, who asked not to be named, said: “A whole morning’s takings have been lost because of clearing up the mess after the break-in.”
Bring on the Bait opened last August and Nathaniel said: “We were doing really well, progressing and growing.
“But within hours, someone has destroyed our lives.”
Anyone with information should call 101, quoting incident 22 of March 13.