Cash and power tools stolen as Rushden shop broken into again

Forest Floor Reptiles in High Street, Rushden

Forest Floor Reptiles in High Street, Rushden

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A Rushden shop has been broken into for the third time in less than two years.

Forest Floor Reptiles in High Street was broken into between 1am and 1.45am on Saturday, July 11.

Power tools and £750 in cash from the till were taken.

The shop stocks a wide range of reptiles, invertebrates and amphibians, as well as related housing, lighting, heating and consumables.

Staff also help with phobia classes, rescue and re-homing services and educational visits.

A shop spokesman said: “It’s not just kids doing this, they knew what they were looking for.

“We’ve got CCTV footage but you can’t make out who the people are.

“It’s the third time in 18 months we’ve been broken into and we’ve had enough. We just don’t know what else to do.”

A post on the store’s Facebook page said: “No animals were harmed or touched but a considerable amount of money has been taken, the till is smashed and all of the reptile rescue donations were also taken.

“Damage has been done to the property and we are asking for any information that anyone may have with regards to this.

“The police do have fingerprints, footprints and CCTV footage which they are analysing but we are asking for witnesses to come forward who may have seen anything suspicious.

“We are now open as usual.

“We have a few bits to tidy up still so bear with us but we are now serving as normal.

“We are all absolutely devastated this has happened yet again. Thanks for everybody’s support.”

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police confirmed officers had attended the scene and asked for witnesses, or anybody with information about the break-in, to call them on 101.