Victims 'sickened' by burglar's antics

PUBLISHED: 06:59 21 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:50 15 June 2010

THE owners of a fruit and veg shop in Seaton have been sickened by a burglar who broke in while they were sleeping, taking five charity boxes and two empty tills. Peter Markham, 64, and his mother Margaret, 84, of Neil's in Queen Street, have been the lat

THE owners of a fruit and veg shop in Seaton have been sickened by a burglar who broke in while they were sleeping, taking five charity boxes and two empty tills.Peter Markham, 64, and his mother Margaret, 84, of Neil's in Queen Street, have been the latest victims in a spate of burglaries in the town. Around £80 in change was taken from the boxes, but the tills were recovered. One was too damaged to be used again in the shop.Mrs Markham said: "It makes me feel sick. It's not a nice experience at all - a horrible, creepy feeling. It makes you want their hands to drop off."Mr Markham said: "I'm angry. We've been here 32 years and never had anything like this happen before. We used to joke that we didn't have to worry about being robbed as we're a fruit and veg store - it's more likely a jeweller's would be targeted. And we've had to spend £390 for a new till."Only last month the Fish Bar, in Queen Street, was burgled of around £800, and in February Sweet Heaven, in Fore Street, was burgled.Fish Bar manager Luke Procter said he, too, was sickened by the burglary. "It's an invasion of privacy and such a horrible feeling. It did make me feel physically sick."He said, as they only had an excess of £500 on their insurance, it was not worth claiming for.Police are searching for a male in connection with a series of burglaries.

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