Chichester shop owner 'devastated' after theft of 'at least £150k' stock last night

A North Street business owner has said he is 'devastated' after thieves stole 'at least £150k' of stock from his shop last night.

Dartagnan Menswear owner Matt Horstead was alerted to the break-in, which happened just after 11pm, after a men broke in through the front of the shop, emptied rooms of clothing items before breaking through the back exit.

Matt said: "I'm devastated — it's my livelihood. For us this puts food on the table. The front of the shop is smashed to bits and the shutter is destroyed.

"I'm not a big multi-national corporation that can write this off their balance sheets. Retail is hard, we can't just write this off."

A 'substantial reward' is being offered to anyone who gives information which leads to the conviction of the thieves.

Some of the items of clothing stolen including jackets costing £950 including bright yellow and bright blue jackets from Stone Island and other brands like CP Company and D Squared.

The store in North Street

The store in North Street

In August last year, Matt had 'a few hundred pounds' of damage when would-be thieves used a concrete block and a crowbar in an attempted burglary at the store. Read more here: Chichester business owner 'fuming' after attempted break-in

One of the racks completely emptied by thieves.

One of the racks completely emptied by thieves.

Entry was gained by smashing the glass in the front door.

Entry was gained by smashing the glass in the front door.