Chichester shop owner 'devastated' after theft of 'at least £150k' worth of 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.

The shop in North Street

The shop in North Street

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."

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.

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 emptied by thieves.

One of the racks emptied by thieves.

Damage to the front door.

Damage to the front door.