Shop owner thanks community for support after £6k theft from business

08:30 03 October 2012

Eric Partridge

Eric Partridge

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The owner of ‘the eBay shop’ in Holsworthy says the support he’s received has given him the strength to go on.

A HOLSWORTHY shop owner has been overwhelmed by community spirit after his shop was broken into last Wednesday night.

Eric Partridge, who owns Stonehenge Ephemera & Collectables, known as ‘the eBay shop’, had nearly £6,000 worth of goods stolen during the break in.

In a bid to try and retrieve the stolen items, which he sells on behalf of people or companies, Mr Partridge has set up an online campaign detailing more than 56 stolen items.

Police are currently trying to track down those responsible for the theft, which occurred some time between 10.30pm on Wednesday, September 26 and 8am on Thursday.

Mr Partridge told the Gazette: “When I came back to the shop on Thursday morning and made the discovery I was physically sick, I was just so mortified.

“I wanted to just throw in the towel and felt I had let down my clients who had trusted me with the safe keeping of their precious and valuable items.”

The businessman, who lives in Wiltshire, makes a 300-mile round trip every week to open the shop three days a week, and has been working tirelessly to grow his business so he can retire to Devon.

Among the items stolen was photographic equipment, collectable toy cars, silver tea sets and many pieces of jewellery and rare watches.

Mr Partridge said he was stunned at the support he received from the community following the devastating news.

He said: “One of my clients, Joe Wooley, saw the mess and went home, got some tools and without a second thought set about repairing the damaged door.

“Another friend, Tina Cousin, has helped me launch a Facebook campaign to try and make the community aware of the items which have been stolen.

“Everyone has been so supportive and it has given me the strength to go on.

“I also wanted to thank the police who went about their job with consummate professionalism which filled me with absolute confidence that those responsible will be apprehended; there will be no hiding place.”

Many of the items are instantly recognisable, including a 60-year-old solid silver and battered tea pot with the words ‘stolen from The Waldorf’ engraved on the base, or a rare Solsuno men’s watch with no hands that lights up to tell the time.

A full list of all the stolen items and photographs is available by searching under “Stonehenge Ephemera” on Facebook.

Anyone with any information as to the whereabouts of the items or those responsible for the break in is urged to call 101 quoting police reference CH/12/523 or alternatively can call Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111.

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