Ilkeston chip shop owner speaks of shock of being burgled

Model Fish Bar, 148 Cotmanhay Road, Ilkeston, which was broken into recently.
Model Fish Bar, 148 Cotmanhay Road, Ilkeston, which was broken into recently.

The owner of a fish and chip shop in Ilkeston said he felt sick when he realised burglars had ransacked his business and home.

Robert Rudd, 52, who runs Model Fish Bar on Cotmanhay Road, returned to the shop on the evening on Sunday, March 22 to find someone had broke in and stole items from the shop and his adjoining home.

He said: “I was out for the afternoon and back at about 7pm and found I had been broken in to. There was no forced entry, either someone picked the lock or got in with a key.

“I went in and the cameras had been disconnected and the disc drive had been taken away. I ran upstairs and it was pandemonium - they had ransacked the drawers, front room and attic. I was shocked - I felt sick inside and it made me sick to think what had gone off. It’s awful.”

The burglars pulled bath panels off and left his home in a mess. Forensic officers from Derbyshire Police attended the scene on Monday morning.

They took two Toshiba laptops, two Acer tablets, an 18in 9ct gold chain with a gold spanner and boxing glove charm on it and two 9ct gold bracelets.

They stole £500 in cash, a small iPod and two pairs of trainers - white Adidas and blue Converse.

Robert, who is offering a £500 reward for information leading to the conviction of those responsible, added: “I think they were looking for money.”

The burglary took place between noon and 8.15pm on Sunday, March 22.

Detectives investigating the offence want to hear from anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area around the time, or may have been offered items for sale since then.

Witnesses or anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting crime reference 11942/15.