A reptile shop owner re-opening his Rugby store after thieves stole cases full of snakes has said he couldn’t have done it without the help of the community.
Rugby Reptiles was broken into in November and thieves caused thousands of pounds of damage to the CCTV cameras, vivariums and shop furniture.
Owner Andy Mallender said it had been a long road to re-opening after his insurance was declared void after a mistake was found on the original paper work.
But now he’s back on track and will be re-opening the Hillmorton Road store soon.
“It’s been an absolute nightmare but we’ve ploughed on and we’re ready to reopen,” Andy said.
“I couldn’t have done it without the support of my friends and the community. People have rallied round and put in a lot of effort to help the shop get back on its feet.
I was so angry about the break-in but it’s time to put it in the past and move forward
“I was so angry about the break-in but it’s time to put it in the past and move forward. I can’t wait to welcome customers back to Rugby Reptiles and some of the old staff members will be returning to work for me which is great.”
Before the break-in the store spread across two buildings but it is now a single shop, with the other building recently becoming a barbershop.
Andy said: “When I expanded the store it was fantastic - it really couldn’t have been better. But after the burglary everything just crumbled.”
The 41-year-old said he was looking forward to seeing old and new customers over the next few weeks.
“I would like to thank everyone for their help and support - I couldn’t have done it without them. People have given hours of their time and offered to help get things up and running again,” he added.
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