Sheffield shop staff ‘devastated’ after thieves strike
Staff at a Sheffield shop have told of their devastation after distraction thieves stole hundreds of pounds worth of children’s clothes from the business.
Police have launched an investigation to find four people – two men and two women – who stole items from the PUD store in Crystal Peaks on Friday.
A member of staff at the shop, who did not wish to be identified, said: “It’s devastating for us. We think more than £200 worth of clothes has been stolen from us. We only had one person on in the shop at the time and one of the men started asking for her number to distract her and the other one started asking about prams which take a lot of effort. The group was so calculating, so manipulative – it’s sickening.”
The member of staff said she had been told that the same people have targeted other stores in the area, including Boots in Crystal Peaks. She added: “I’d like to say to the people who did this: have some morals and pay for what you want.”
She posted an appeal for information on Facebook and this has been shared more than 1,500 times.
Commenting on the post, Eileen Bury Lukasik said: “There’s no words to describe them.”
Maureen Hodkinson said: “I hope they are caught and prosecuted.”
Pat Furniss added: “Disgraceful.”
Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting crime reference number 14/179937/19. The PUD store is a children’s designer clothes shop which has outlets in Sheffield, Doncaster, Newark and Mansfield.
The chain is owned by former Apprentice star, Frances Bishop.