BUNGLING thieves threw a rock through an opticians’ security door - to steal a hoard of children’s frames with ‘no resale value at all’.
Vision Express staff told the Advertiser the raid, which saw 34 pairs of kids’ frames taken, was ‘a pointless exercise’ for the offenders.
But it still cost the Market Place shop a morning of business after it was hit overnight on Sunday.
Manager Christine Bould said: “We got into work on Monday morning to find the police everywhere and the building cordoned off.
“They’d thrown a huge rock through the door panel, which was replaced in a timely manner, and taken a load of children’s frames.
“It’s been a really frustrating morning as we’ve had to wait for the police to carry out their forensic work and have had to turn customers away.”
Optical assistant Susan Dunkin said she thought the offenders may have been trying to take sunglasses to sell during the summer.
She said: “I’ve got no idea why anyone would deliberately take 34 children’s frames.
“It’s absolutely bizarre and pretty stupid.
“The frames still have their dummy lenses in and children’s glasses can’t be sold unless through a qualified optician.
“Anyone offered the frames would, I’d have thought, immediately be a bit suspicious.
“If it was me, I’d report it to the police straight away.
“The only explanation I can think of is they were after the sunglasses and were spooked by the alarm so grabbed whatever they could get their hands on.
“I don’t think the frames they took will have any resale value at all.
“It’s just frustrating for us because we’ve had to turn customers away.
“People have come in from out of town to pick up their glasses and haven’t been at all happy they haven’t been able to access the shop.
“The police have collated some DNA evidence and analysed footprints from the shop floor so we’re hopeful the offenders will be caught.
“But, at this stage, we don’t even know what time it happened.
“If anyone heard the alarm go of or has any other information, the police would be very interested to hear from them.”
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “We received a call just after 6.30am on Monday, June 9, reporting the front window had been smashed at Vision Express, Market Place, Uttoxeter.
“Officers attended the scene where it was established that a quantity of children’s glasses had been taken.
“It is believed the incident occurred between 5.40pm Saturday, June 7 and 6.40am Monday, June 9.
“An investigation is now underway and anyone with any information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 73 of June 9.”