Bognor shop owner ‘totally broken’ after 4 consecutive break-ins

A Bognor Regis business owner says he feels “totally, totally broken” after four consecutive break-ins earlier this year.

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 9:42 am

The break-ins took place at A1 Compusolve on Station Road last month, between March 19 and 23. The 56 year old owner, Jameel Asghar, said he lost £10-15,000 worth of stock, including phone repair tools, IPad and IPhne screens, e-cigarette liquid, bluetooth speakers, headphones and more.

Mr Asghar said he found out about the first break-in when he went to check on the shop,

“I went to check that everything was alright and I found the back window was broken,” he explained. “They took a lot of things, but I secured the window, made it safe and called the police, who took finger prints.”

The targeted shop

“The next night they broke in again. But this time they smashed the whole window fully. They took it off. I don’t know how they got in because I put a lot of wood behind the window. I sealed it. But they still managed to get in. And this time, they totally cleared me out.”

“The night after, they came again and took everything that was left.”

Mr Asghar has owned the Bognor business for more than ten years. He has been on Station Road for three of those years. In all that time, he said, nothing like this has ever happened.

“Now, suddenly, it’s happened four times in a row. I don’t understand.” He said.

Mr Asghar reopened his shop in a reduced capacity on April 12, but says he is still uncertain about the future.

He said: “This is really scary for me. I don’t know what I have to do. I can’t carry everything home from the shop each night.”

Sussex Police have asked anyone with information about the burglary, who saw anything suspicious in the area to report it online, quoting serial 361 of 23/03.