'I didn't think Norwich was this kind of place' - Owner of city shop shocked at £2,000 raid
PUBLISHED: 15:16 23 May 2018
The owner of a phone shop in Norwich which was burgled over the weekend has spoken of his shock following the £2,000 raid.
Imran Mohammed, 30, runs the Mobile and Laptop Clinic on Orford Place, just off Red Lion Street, in the city centre.
The shop was broken into at around 4.37am on Saturday morning.
Mr Mohammed said: “I received a call from the police at around 5am on Saturday morning saying three people had broken into the shop. We have no alarm system in the shop so we didn’t know about it until we received the call.
“I had to get up and rush to the shop, when I arrived the police had put a cordon around, they took my details and the person who witnessed the burglary was here too.”
Three men were seen by an eyewitness smashing the windows of the shop and taking some items from inside before leaving on bikes.
“They smashed the windows and took as much as they could, they were gone after a few minutes,” Mr Mohammed added. “We have calculated that they stole around £2,000 of phones and tablets. They mainly took Samsung phones as they’re easier to get into.
“It’s really sad and shocking, I didn’t think Norwich was this kind of place, I thought it was safe and that’s why we never had any shutters down or an alarm system.
“Once we get a new window fitted I’m going to get an alarm system and shutters in place. I’m unhappy with the council because they have no CCTV camera near the shop.”
Mr Mohammed says there are not enough CCTV cameras covering the city centre.
By 9am in the morning the police had finished gathering evidence and a glass company cleared up the smashed glass and put wood up on the windows so the shop was able to reopen after lunch.
Since the burglary Mr Mohammed and his team have received a lot of support and sympathy from regular customers. He said: “It feels good that people do care.”
Norfolk Police is still carrying out an investigation.