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Burglars take £5,000 of designer glasses in raid on Wolverhampton opticians

Wolverhampton | News | Published:

A total of £5,000 worth of designer glasses and sunglasses have been stolen from a small opticians in Wolverhampton.

Penn Eyecare, based on the Penn Road, is believed to have been broken into at around 4.15am yesterday, with thieves causing damage to the front door and lock as they entered.

But the offenders were unable to access the main glass cabinet containing the exclusive Ray Bans at the front of the shop.

Josh Banks, manager of the store, said: "We're just trying to run the day to day business and these type of things just don't help at all. They took the majority of the Armanis, the majority of the Ray bans. The only damage is the front door, but you can tell they tried to get into the cabinet by shaking it."

"When I got to the shop at around 9.15am the police were already here.

"I could see that the door had been damaged and glasses were all over the floor.

"It couldn't have been more than a five minute job. They just took what they could and left."

Mr Banks, who has been manager at the shop for around two years, said the opticians had a packed diary of appointments for April 22.

"I've just spoken to the boss and now we've got to decide what to do about the people that have book in.

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"This was supposed to be a business as usual day.

"They didn't take any money, because I never leave any cash here overnight."

Stuart Taylor, of Penn Road Butchers said he had recently suffered a break in.

"It happened in January this year at three in the morning. Thieves took the float we had in the shop and the charity boxes. I couldn't believe it."

West Midlands police confirmed that they were called to Penn Eyecare at 7.45am on April 22 and that officers were still at the scene at 10.30am talking to the manager and local business owners.

Anyone with information is advised to contact West Midlands police on 101.

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