‘Why us?’ says Northampton designer clothing store boss hit by five raids since Christmas

Director of Montague Jeffrey in Northampton, Jonathan Williams, stands by one of the broken glass panes, damaged in one of a spree of attacks.
Director of Montague Jeffrey in Northampton, Jonathan Williams, stands by one of the broken glass panes, damaged in one of a spree of attacks.

The boss of the oldest menswear shop in Northampton says he cannot fathom why someone would break into his store five times since Christmas - and on one occasion run off with a clothed window dummy.

Montague Jeffrey in St Giles Street has been trading in Northampton for 115 years, stocking a range of designer clothing and offering a tailoring service.

But director Jonathan Williams believes one person is responsible for smashing windows of the store and raiding clothing on five occasions in the last fortnight.

The way the break-ins have been carried out and the type of goods stolen have been similar on each occasion, they just “cannot be a coincidence”, he said.

M Williamns said: “Whether it is the same guy or not we don’t know, but we certainly believe it is.

“I don’t know what they are trying to achieve, perhaps he is just trying to build up a random wardrobe.”

The break-ins have resulted in around £7,000 in lost stock and a further £3,000 to repair five broken windows.

The shop was first hit at 2am on Boxing Day morning and Mr Williams was forced to head down to St Giles Street in the middle of the night.

There were then break-ins the following two nights followed by a brief respite before the mystery burglar struck again at around 8pm on Wednesday this week (January 6) using a brick to break a window situated on the Derngate side of the store.

On this occasion he pulled a clothed dummy through the glass and ran off down the street.

And finally, just six hours later, at around 2am yesterday (Thursday, January 7) the burglar struck again, breaking a window pane and lifting three jackets from inside.

“Each time we have had to call someone out to board up the windows and then to get them repaired.” Mr Williams said.

“It’s a very costly, concerning, worrying thing.

“Each time we lock up the shop we are thinking are we going to be called out in the middle of the night again?”

“The police asked us whether we have upset anyone,” said Mr Williams. “But we just aren’t that kind of store. We’ve been here for 115 years we haven’t upset anyone.”

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said a man had been arrested and was being questioned by police.