Bungled burglary leaves gem shop owner with £1,000 clean-up bill

PUBLISHED: 08:58 21 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:55 15 June 2010

A BURGLAR failed to break into a Seaton business but still caused over £1,000 worth of damage.

A BURGLAR failed to break into a Seaton business - but still caused over £1,000 worth of damage.Eve Chubb, of Eve Jewellery, in Fore Street, was called out to the store at 3.30am last Wednesday after the alarm sounded.A thief unsuccessfully tried to make a hole in the 12mm glass window, currently surrounded by road works.As the store has previously been broken into, she said it was something she had come to expect - but was unhappy to travel out so early in the morning."We have got used to it," said Mrs. Chubb. "We expect it to happen now and then. But now I will have to replace the whole pane of glass."The worst scenario is if it were to happen in broad daylight when my staff are here and vulnerable. At night, usually it's just a clear-up."We could get metal bars put on but they cost from £3,000 to £5,000. And if all businesses in Seaton put them up, it would look like a war zone."As the alarm had gone off accidentally within a 90 day period, police did not attend. She said they advised her she should have called 999.

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