Thieves empty new shop but owner vows to reopen

PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 June 2011 | UPDATED: 09:02 13 June 2011

Thieves made off with £4,000 worth of goods from the shop

Thieves made off with £4,000 worth of goods from the shop

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A STRONG-MINDED father says he is determined thieves will not beat him after his shop was broken into just three weeks after opening.

Marcin Cadziela wants to reopen his computing store in Meadow Street ‘as soon as possible’ after almost all his stock was swiped in an overnight raid last week.

Thieves broke through the back window of iGadget and made off with £600 in cash and £4,000 worth of laptops, gaming consoles and phones.

Only half-a-dozen second-hand, cheap phones were left by the looters, who struck sometime between 8.30pm on June 2 and 9am on June 3.

Mr Cadziela, of Locking Road, told the Mercury he was upset but determined to reopen the shop, which he runs with business partner Dariusz Bak, also aged 33.

He said: “I worked for seven years on building yards and for friends to raise the money to start this business – I’m not going to give up now.

“All I want to do is support my wife and child through something like this, this was my shot, but I’m not going to let these people destroy that.”

In the days following the raid, Mr Cadziela and his partner have been counting the cost of the stolen stock in the hope they will receive an insurance pay-out.

The pair only signed up for a policy three days before the raid and had no alarm system in place.

Mr Cadziela said: “We’re speaking to the company now in the hope we can get some money back on the stock taken.

“If we don’t we could end up taking loans out and waiting longer before we can build our stock up again to a level when we can reopen the store.

“We’re so angry and distraught at the moment, this week’s been hell.”

Following the burglary, officers from Avon and Somerset Constabulary launched an investigation, taking fingerprints and careful notes of what was taken.

But on Tuesday, a force spokesman said no arrests had been made and an appeal for information on the crime was still continuing.

Anyone who can help should call police on 0845 4567000.

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