Ram raid ‘botched and inept’

A section of telegraph pole used in a ram raid on Robert Goddard fashion shop in The Vine, Spalding.
A section of telegraph pole used in a ram raid on Robert Goddard fashion shop in The Vine, Spalding.
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The manager of a Spalding fashion shop has branded an attempt by ram raiders to smash their way in as “botched” and “inept”.

A gang stole a Renault Clio and put a section of telegraph pole inside it before driving the car into the front door of Robert Goddard in Vine Street during the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Police have made a fresh appeal for information about the ram raid which the shop’s general manager Steve Shephard said could cost the firm up to £1,000.

“It appears to have been a botched attempt at a ram raid where the culprits used a small French hatchback to carry a very heavy battering ram that looked like a section of redundant telegraph pole,” said Steve.

“They attempted to burst the locks on our front door, but they were relatively inept at doing so because they exploded one of the main windscreens on the stolen vehicle.

“However, they did destroy the laminated glass in the front window of our shop, damaged the door structure and meant that two members of staff lost a night’s sleep.”

The shop suffered a similar raid in December 2009 when a gang wearing balaclavas used a sledgehammer to smash their way in and stole a large amount of men’s and women’s designer clothes.

Steve said: “Nothing was stolen in the case of Tuesday, but there will be a significant cost to this organisation which I would expect to be between £500 and £1,000,” Steve said.

“As the damage was done inside the shop, we can’t claim on our insurance and if this type of incident was to become a habit then potentially it would be unsustainable in the long run for the company.

“I’d like to express my personal thanks to our customers and colleagues in Vine Street and The Crescent for their expressions of support.”

Mr Shephard reserved special praise for the town’s police as they issued a fresh appeal for witnesses to the ram raid on Tuesday morning.

The way the police in Spalding have behaved and the resources they have put into this incident has been laudable to say the least,” Steve said.

“I’d like to express my personal thanks for the individual officers who stayed outside the shop to preserve the crime scene and those with the dedication to catch these criminals.

“I’d hope, based on how inept the attempt was, that the culprits left sufficient evidence here for the police to secure a conviction in the shortest possible time and ensure the people who did this don’t go on to attack other business in the town.”

Anyone with information should call Spalding CID on 101 stating incident 16 of May 13.

You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.