An independent jewellery retailer based in Derby may not be able to recover from an attack on its store last week.
On January 17, a gang smashed a hole through a brick wall to get into the back of family-run J W Jeweller on Green Lane.
The thieves stole the safe and got away with up to £70,000 worth of jewellery. The raid has left the store owner, Winston English, fearful the business may not be able to bounce back.
English, was has been running the jewellery store for around four years, says the safe which has been stolen, was where he kept all of his most valuable items.
He told Derbyshire Live: “They’ve taken everything, everything I’ve got. Everything is usually kept in my safe, my money, phones, important papers and all the gold items that I’ve got. There’s about £60,000 to £70,000 worth and it’s totally gone.
“I find it so hard to believe that somebody could do this to me. I can’t believe it, I’ve been totally wiped out and I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to recover from this.”
The store owner says the gang entered from the back of the business, breaking through a brick wall and then through a security bar to reach the safe.
English told the BBC: “I don’t know where the future lies because I have lost everything, it is going to be difficult to continue.”
Locals are shocked this could happen in Derby town centre.
The police are currently investigating the burglary.
Anyone with information regarding the incident can call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting incident number 19000028687.