Monday 25 March 2019

Emmaus Preston appeals for help following Megastore theft

Electrical appliances at the Megastore

Emmaus Preston is appealing for help to catch burglars who stole more than £20,000 worth of stock from their Megastore in the city centre.

The break-in happened between 10pm on Wednesday 20 March and 1am on Thursday 21st March at the Emmaus Preston Megastore on Brookfield Street, just off North Road in Preston city centre. More than 100 brand-new, large electrical appliances were stolen including washing machines, cookers and fridge freezers.

“We were all heartbroken to discover our Megastore had been broken into when we arrived for work on Thursday morning. It seems clear that this was an organised crime and the gang may well have had to make more than one trip to steal the amount of goods that they did.

“This theft has caused great disruption and heart ache to our community, along with a large bill for the repairs that will be needed. Our people are formerly homeless and work hard in our shops to raise money to pay for their food, training and support.

"We had a number of deliveries that day for people in need who had nothing, referred through Lancashire Welfare Scheme, who now we cannot deliver to. We urge anyone with any information that may help the Police to come forward to help us recover from this awful incident.”

Stephen Buchanan, Director of Emmaus Preston 

Emmaus Preston supports formerly homeless people by providing a home and meaningful work in a community setting. The charity operates three large social enterprises in the city, providing valuable work opportunities whilst generating an income to help sustain the support offered by Emmaus Preston.

Along with the electrical items, the CCTV system was also stolen and damage occurred to the Emmaus Preston Megastore building.

Anyone with information that may assist the police in their investigations is urged to call Lancashire Police on 01772 209738 quoting incident number LC-20190321-0318 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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