A pet shop owner in Downham says as been overwhelmed by offers of help and the response from the public following a burglary at his shop.
The raid at Lionel Partridge’s ‘Jurassic Bark’ store in Downham last Friday saw more than 10 thousand pounds worth of stock stolen.
Mr Partridge, who is now slowly trying to re-stock his shelves, said: “We’ve had customers bringing us cakes and boxes of chocolates, while Naturediet Pet Foods emailed us to say that they are going to give us some free stock.
“Lots of people have seen our post on Facebook. More than 1,200 have shared it and there have been a lot of comments. I really didn’t expect this kind of response.
“It has affected the business as we’ve had very little here to sell. They totally cleared us of all the dog food.
“They didn’t touch the small animal stuff and they didn’t touch the bird food.”
Doors and windows were completely smashed at the premises in St Johns Way on the St Johns Business Estate.
Shelves were cleared of stock, including specialist pet food and accessories, along with cash, while the hard drive of the CCTV was also taken.
Dog food brands by James Wellbeloved, Royal Canin, Acana, Orijen, Simpsons and Lilys Kitchen, were taken as well as a number of leads, collars and toys.
Mr Partridge said that he expects to be back to normal within two weeks.
“We won’t let them destroy us,” said Mr Partridge.
“As each day passes we are gradually getting a few more bits of stock in.
“By the end of the week we are hoping to be up to about 80 per cent stock and within a couple of weeks we are hoping to almost be back to normal.”
Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen anything in the area or has been offered cheap dog food for sale. Anyone with information, or who saw anything suspicious, should call Det Con Carl Ritchie at Lynn CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.