A raid on a Northampton online shop last night, which saw more than 70 popular Splat Face games stolen, will leave many families without Christmas presents this year.
The owners and five staff members at online store Squizzas in Washington Street, Kingsthorpe, are today picking up the pieces after four burglars took around £10,000 stock from their holdings last night.
The family-run business now cannot fulfil a number of Christmas orders as a result of the break-in.
More than 70 versions of a version of this season’s major board game, Splat Face, were taken from a stock room as well as three Apple I-Mac computers and various personal gifts ready for dispatch in the run up to Christmas.
Staff member Amy Meadows says the company has already had to inform people turning up to collect items today that their order has been stolen.
Ms Meadows, said: “They have made a real mess of the place.
“They have ripped open parcels, they’ve taken company laptops, they have taken personal Christmas gifts.
“A lot of people are not going to receive their Christmas presents and at this time of year that is really damaging to the business.
“We just can’t fulfil some of the orders we have promised.”
Ms Meadows said, as Squizzas is the only places in the whole county to stock Splat Face, a version of the incredibly popular Pie Face board game which has sold out in stores across the UK, members of the public should be wary if they are offered one.
“All of these boxes are trackable,” Ms Meadows said. “So if anyone is offered one they will need to contact police immediately, because as far as we know no one else had them in stock.”
Appealing to the burglars directly, Ms Meadows said: “You have ruined people’s Christmases and it’s going to have a huge impact on our business.
“We have already had people turn up a the business saying ‘my two-year-old son is waiting for his Christmas present’.
“People are trying to collect Christmas presents that we haven’t got because they have been stolen.”
Police are appealing for witnesses to the break-in last night, which CCTV footage shows happened at exactly 12.24am this morning Wednesday, December 23.
Four men entered the building by forcing the front door open with a crowbar. Inside they ransacked a stock room before loading the goods into a people carrier.
If you have any information bout the break-in call Northamptonshire police on 101 or the Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555 111.