Thieves raid Sunderland city centre deli just as 'things were starting to look up' for new business

Thieves stole broke into a newly-launched Sunderland city centre business to steal drink during an early hours break-in.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 1:53 pm

The business has opened as part of the redevelopment the Hutchinson’s Building, which includes Mackie’s Corner and takes in the junction of High Street West and Bridge Street.

Ran by husband and wife Scott and Amanda Martin, the pair have now been left estimating the cost of that the incident will have on the business.

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Police are investigating after Fat Unicorn in Sunderland city centre was broken into.

Amanda said: “This is actually the second break-in that we’ve experienced however during the first one, an empty till draw was taken so we were able to bounce back quite quickly from that.

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“But this one is having a big impact on us trading as we need to have the window replaced and replenish the stock that was stolen.

"We’re trying to work out how much it will all cost, the stock lost and needing the window repair is around £600 however the loss of earning due to not being able to open, in total, it’s probably over £1,000.”

The business is closed while repair work takes place.

The break-in comes just days after the deli experienced a strong week of trading as lockdown restrictions eased and Amanda has praised the support that they have received.

She added: “It has come at a really bad time, we have just opened, invested in outdoor furniture and things were starting to look up rather than the constant worry during lockdown.

"There are just no words for what has happened really.

"But we are thankfully for the huge outreach from our customers and other independent businesses in Sunderland who have shown us support since this has happened.

The new business is set to be over £1,000 out of pocket following the incident.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “Shortly after 3.45am yesterday we received a report of a burglary at Fat Unicorn Kitchen and Stores in Sunderland.

“It was reported that offenders broke into the premises and stole a quantity of alcohol.

“An investigation is ongoing to trace those responsible.

Thieves used bricks to gain entry to the deli.

"Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the Tell Us Something page of our website or by calling 101 quoting log 169 180421.”

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