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Thieves threaten jobs at recession-hit computer game company CHIPS
BRAZEN rooftop thieves put jobs at risk when they raided the premises of a North-East business struggling to recover from the recession.
Last night (Wednesday October 31), burglars stole thousands of pounds worth of computer games after targeting premises belonging to CHIPS, the UK’s largest independent video games retailer.
It was the latest in a series of blows to hit the company, which once operated more than 30 stores across the UK.
The recession saw the Middlesbrough-based firm close all but four of its stores and today, its managing director said the burglary represented another threat to the once-thriving business.
Don McCabe said: “It is a huge, ginormous blow because, as with everybody else, we have been fighting our way through a recession and were just starting to get back on our feet and moving forward with the economy improving and more customers.
“Things were starting to look up and then this comes along and it feels like a massive kick in the goolies, it is just crushing.
“We’ve put so much hard work and effort in and it is terrible to find somebody can just come along and steal all of that hard work.
“It could seriously jeopardise the business. There are members of staff whose jobs could be put at risk for the Christmas period.
“We will try and find a way through this but it is difficult enough after the recession. “We are surviving but this does not help and it is extremely galling that somebody can just do this.”
He added: “I will be sleeping on the premises for the foreseeable future and we will be beefing up security as my biggest fear is that they’ll come back. I just want them caught.”
The burglary took place between 10pm and 10.45pm at the Riverside industrial estate in Middlesbrough.
The thieves, equipped with ladders and lights, climbed onto the roof of the building and lowered themselves into the premises, taking care not to set off alarms before making off with more than £6,000 of computer games.
Police are investigating the incident.
Anyone with information or who may have been offered computer games should contact Cleveland Police on non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.
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