Police said the thieves forced their way into the building through a rear flat door before climbing through a window into the Red Rooster IT shop. It is not clear if anything was taken from the shop. They then used a fire extinguisher to smash a hole in the wall of a communal hallway and made their way into the neighbouring Toytown toy shop. Once inside they stole a number of Lego and Sylvanian Family toys valued at several thousand pounds.
Daeron McGee, who has owned the toy shop for five years, said the burglary “was a bit of an Ocean’s Eleven job. They specifically took Lego and Sylvanian Families because they know how much it is worth. It is half term and I have children at my door wanting to spend their pocket money but I have to tell them the robbers have taken the toys. It’s not nice. We’re not having it. We’re not going to bow down to low lives like that and will be back open again tomorrow, albeit with a depleted stock. They are not going to get away with it, and we are all-eyes on eBay to catch them shifting it on. It is going to be a task for them.”
PC Duncan Ford, of Sussex Police, said it was possible the burglars used a vehicle to remove the new and boxed toys and made a plea for people with any information to come forward. The burglary happened sometime between 4pm on Sunday and 8.50am on Monday.
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