Owner of shop in Kenilworth left devastated after theft

The shops in Abbey End in Kenilworth. Photo from Google Street View.
The shops in Abbey End in Kenilworth. Photo from Google Street View.

The owner of a shop in Kenilworth has been left devastated after a theft at their premises.

Betty Hopkins, who owns Kenilworth Pet and Garden Supplies in Abbey End, was left shocked and devastated this afternoon (Wednesday) when she saw someone had stolen items from her shop.

She said: "It is just awful. They took the most expensive stuff. It happened around 3pm this afternoon and I was going through my CCTV and was really shocked. I was shaking with rage when it happened."

"It is upsetting and devastating."

The shop has been at Abbey End for more than 10 years and was previously located at Talisman Square.

Betty said: "I know a lot of the people in the town and I have got a lot of friends in town and at the moment small businesses are suffering but we are trying to keep going as long as we can and we get people saying 'you're not going are you'?

"We have great customers so it is such a shame that people spoil it for everybody. They took an expensive dog harness. There were other customers in the shop so you don't expect it to happen when other people are there too

"I would like to think that people might have noticed something and I would appeal for anyone who might have to come forward.

"I phoned the police straightaway and they have requested the footage and the best photo of their face so they can ask if people know them."

A spokesperson from Warwickshire Police said: "This incident occurred at 3pm yesterday (Wednesday), a woman is reported to have stolen goods from the shop.

"Anyone with information that could help with enquiries can call 101 quoting incident 254 of 6 Feb 2019. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."