Owners devastated as new Leeds sweet shop Sugar Rush Sweeties wrecked by cruel thieves

The owners of a sweet shop in Leeds have been left devastated after cruel thieves wrecked their business - just three months after opening.

Friday, 30th October 2020, 6:41 am

Sugar Rush Sweeties, a sweet counter and online pick 'n' mix store based in Lotherton Way, Garforth, was targeted by burglars on Sunday night.

Owners Tayla Harris and Harry Lynch, both 22, arrived at the shop on Monday morning to find a huge hole in the wall and stock all over the floor.

The thieves had made off with the till, a small amount of cash and around £200 worth of stock.

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Thieves left a huge hole in the wall as they targeted the Garforth sweet shop

Tayla and Harry spent the day clearing up the shop and securing the building.

Tayla said: "It literally felt like we had woken up in a nightmare. They had smashed through our wall in the middle of the night.

"Luckily not a lot was stolen as we take extra steps to ensure no cash or valuables are left on site.

"But that is not the point. The point is that someone could actually do this to a small business that has recently started up.

"They had rooted through absolutely everything and the mess that they left was demoralising.

"The one day off a week we get was spent frantically panicking to get the building extra secure so this couldn’t happen again whilst dealing with the police at the same time. This isn’t something a business should ever have to go through."

Tayla and Harry shared the story in a Facebook post to warn other businesses in Garforth.

Thousands of people shared the post and thanks to the help of family and friends, the business was able to reopen on Tuesday.

Tayla added: "Although it felt like one of the worst days for us, we realised what amazing people we have surrounding us. We are absolutely overwhelmed with the amount of support and kindness from so many people."

West Yorkshire Police confirmed they are investigating the burglary.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or via the website, quoting crime reference 13200536296.

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