Shop ransacked for two hours after new burglar alarm failed

Angry: owner Kulwant Virk at Siddal Off Licence and Convenience store
Angry: owner Kulwant Virk at Siddal Off Licence and Convenience store

A COUPLE have spoken of their anger after thieves broke into their shop and ransacked it for two hours.

Kulwant and Manjit Virk arrived at Siddal Convenience and Off Licence to find £14,000 of stock and belongings taken.

The couple, who have run the shop for five years, say they are hurt and angry.

“We’re just shocked. We’re more angry than anything because we’ve only had the alarm for six months.

“We feel threatened and suspect anybody who comes in.”

The thieves used a duvet from a sofa bed kept at the shop to collect thousands of cigarettes.

The group arrived just before 1am, tore the shutters from the front, kicked the door and knocked the alarm off the wall.

The alarm, which cost £1,500, had only been installed six months before. It should have connected straight to the police, but the manufacturers say a fault means a fuse blew and the police were unaware of the raid.

After hearing the alarm start, the group left for 20 minutes before it cut out.

They then returned and two of the group stood guard outside while the other two collected the till and its hard drive, cigarettes, the card machine and the couple’s Nintendo DS.

They also tried to take the cash machine.

“They had a long time inside to look around,” said Mrs Virk.

“Neighbours came out when the alarm went off and after that they thought the shutters had been damaged by the wind,” said Mrs Virk.

They now have an anxious wait to find out if the insurance company will pay for the alarm fault.

Police said anyone with information should call the police on 101.