Smash & Grab
A group was caught on CCTV robbing a giant £800 rock on a Stoke-on-Trent company in a smash-and-grab raid. Thieves hit under the cover of darkness at Crystal Holdings and the adjacent Lapidary store, in Waterloo Lane, Burslem. It is the new Stoke-on-Trent company to be invaded by lockdown criminals looking to make quick money during the pandemic.
Burslem's Tony Chen was dismayed to discover the break-in at the store of her brother Phillip Chen Han, who has been with the family for around 70 years. The shop sells a variety of crystals, minerals, fossils and handmade jewellery.
Tony stated: "From a neighbouring house, we looked at the CCTV. We saw them coming and they kicked through the bottom of the fence. At least they were there and we thought there may have been a third support.
"They reached in when they spotted their chance, and took what they needed.
"A lot of those kinds of crimes are happening right now.
Tony added: "My dad had fought in the war for the Allied Powers against the Japanese before coming to Burslem.
"My brother also shows selling his jewellery about 30 weekends of the years to raise his profits, but all of them have been cancelled due to lockdown.
"At a time such as this people are expected to support one another and look out for one another. It's just a blow in the face.'