Antique shop thieves strike again

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IT’S time to beat the burglars who have struck twice within a week at a Whitby antiques shop.

They took a mahogany wall clock worth £500 from the wall of the Bazaar shop in Skinner Street on Friday – the same day the Gazette published a story about how £1,000 worth of items had been stolen the previous weekend in a con trick.

Owner Frank Doyle says the clock was definitely there on Thursday but the next time he was in the shop on Friday afternoon noticed it was missing.

He said: “I couldn’t believe it – there was this big space on the wall and the clock just wasn’t there.

“I don’t think it could be the same people but it is a mystery, the clock has literally just disappeared. They have come in when the shop was open and just taken it off the wall.

“If you go around the back of the shop someone who is very clever can just take it off the wall. It seems unbelievable but it has literally just gone.”

The double weight Vienna wall clock has been in the shop for a couple of years after Mr Doyle bought it at a saleroom and he says although there are a few clocks in the shop that was the only one of real value.

It is the second time he has had to call in the police after clocks and watches were stolen from his safe almost a fortnight ago.

His assistant was tricked out of the shop by two men who falsely claimed Mr Doyle had been taken ill at a nearby church coffee morning.

Mr Doyle added: “It is about three feet long and such a big thing you can’t miss it.

“I was just thinking somebody might have seen somebody walking out of the shop with it and the police are obviously looking at CCTV.”