Burglars strike at Sheffield estate agents twice in four days
This was the scene after burglars targeted a Sheffield estate agents twice in four days.
Crooks first smashed their way into MorfittSmith’s sales hub on Middlewood Road in Hillsborough during the early hours of Valentine's Day, last Friday, February 14, taking computers and other equipment.
They then struck at the firm's lettings hub in Crookes on Monday, February 17, again during the early hours of the morning.
Oliver Chrisp, the company’s head of marketing and photography, said the intruders smashed through reinforced glass at the Hillsborough branch with such force that shards were sent flying to the other side of the office.
He believes the same person or people were probably behind both burglaries and were startled during the second raid as less property was stolen.
“They’ve caused a great deal of damage and it's cost us a lot of money and caused us great inconvenience," he said.
“It’s clear we’ve been specifically targeted, which is very sad.
“All the staff are very shaken, but thankfully nobody was in at the time, no one was harmed and nothing was taken that can’t be replaced,
“We will come back fighting fit and be stronger for it.
“We are appealing to everyone, if you have any information, if you saw either of the burglaries, if you witnessed anything out-of the ordinary, please come forward and contact us or the police.”
Mr Chrisp added that both offices remained open, and it was ‘business as usual’.
Anyone with information is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101.