A BOLTON shop owner has said that he may have to close his doors for good after a series of ‘unbelievable’ break-ins.

Qusay Hameed owns Bolton Digital Connect, in Bath Street in the town centre, and was raided by thieves in the early hours of Friday morning.

CCTV footage shows men apparently breaking in to the shop shortly before 3am and taking a number of laptops and tablets.

One man is seen inside the premises taking the items and handing them to another person outside.

Mr Hameed was at home nearby when his alarm went off and he saw on CCTV that the men were inside the shop.

They had gained access to the shop by ripping part of the shutter off the front and smashing a window with a manhole cover.

The damage to the shutter alone has cost Mr Hameed about £400, with the window still to be repaired.

Mr Hameed said: “Every year I have five or six break-ins. This is the fourth time police have been here since Christmas.

“Every break-in they start by trying from the roof. One time they came in to this room and they took most of the stuff in the store. I don’t keep many valuable here because of the break-ins.

“About ten phones were taken at the last break-in, that is when I decided I couldn’t leave anymore stuff here.”

Mr Hameed said that on other occasions the whole shop has been smashed up and he has had to spend thousands on security for the building.

He said: “We’re hopeful they will catch someone because his blood was everywhere and police came to look for fingerprints.

“I’m ready to close the door. I’m done. I don’t know how long I can keep doing this.

“I have been here for five or six years. It is getting worse. I’m having so many break-ins.

“Every time the police come I tell them it is not fair what is happening to me.

“I have spent more than £2,000 on security for the roof, all of it just to stop them breaking in.

“It is unbelievable what is happening here. I am a hard working man, I am a businessman, I have built this business.”

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

A spokesman said: “It has been reported to us just before 3am. Two people approached the shop from the front. They have ripped the shutters off and made their way in after smashing a window. They have stolen items from inside.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 and quote incident 150 of May 5.