Guitar shop owner in Sheffield refuses to let burglars win

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A Sheffield businessman has vowed to fight back against burglars who stole £10,000 worth of his stock.

Tom Jackson, aged 22, who runs Guitar Shack on Glossop Road, Broomhill, lost 17 guitars, valued at £10,000, in Thursday’s burglary.

He set up his business three-and-a-half years ago and was initially based on South Road, Walkley, until he relocated at the beginning of the year – hoping for more passing trade.

He said burglars broke in through a toilet window between 3am and 3.20am.

However, he hopes CCTV cameras in the busy Sheffield suburb will lead police to the offenders.

They stole 17 instruments, including a rare Gibson 1974 Gold Top, a blue Fender Stratocaster American, an Aria and a green Paul Reed Smith guitar.

Guitar Shack robbery - Tom Jackson

Guitar Shack robbery - Tom Jackson

Tom said he is disappointed at the burglary – but vowed to continue trading.

He said: “I moved to Broomhill because it is busier and I thought it would be a better area to have a business, so I am disappointed this has happened, but I still love it here and whoever did this will not put me out of business.”

“I am insured, but I would rather have the guitars back than the money – the shop only has half the stock that I used to carry.

“I am hopeful we will get some of the guitars back because the support I have had on Facebook since I posted details about the break-in has been amazing – the details were shared by about 7,000 people in just a few hours.

“I don’t know whether the guitars were stolen to order or if it was opportunist, but because of how rare some of the guitars are it will be difficult for people to sell them on.”

n Anyone with information is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101.