Owner heartbroken after Sunderland independent bakery 'ransacked' by burglars

The owner of a independent bakery says she is heartbroken after raiders smashed into her shop causing more than £1,000 worth of damage.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 11:56 am

An investigation into a break in at The Sugar Pot, in Thomas Street, has been launched after offenders ransacked the bakery stealing around £50 from the till in the early hours of Tuesday, April 6.

Gemma Liddle, who owns the shop, shared pictures of the damage following an ‘awful’ year spent trying to keep the business going during the Covid pandemic.

The mum-of-four said: “We were woken at 4am this morning by the police because the shop was broken into, after the awful past year trying to keep the business going then finally reopening only two weeks ago this has devastated us they ransacked the shop probably setting us back upwards of £1000 for the sake of stealing a £50 till with a few 1p, 2p and 5p coins in

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Damage to The Sugar Pot

“We are now looking at installing cctv and a new door.”

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A coffee shop in Seaham has also reported a break in on Tuesday morning but it is not believed to be linked at this stage.

A Force Spokesperson said: “Earlier today we received a report of a break in at a premises on Thomas Street, Sunderland.

Damage to the shop following the break in

“It was reported that at some point overnight, offenders have smashed a glass door to gain entry, before making an untidy search and making off with a quantity of cash.

“Enquiries are ongoing into this incident and anyone with information is asked to get in touch by calling 101 or using the Tell us Something page on our website, quoting log 56 06/04/21.”

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The front door was smashed