A smash-and-grab could spell the end for a longstanding Marton jewellery business.
Marrs Jewellers was broken into in the early hours of yesterday with thousands of dollars of stock taken. The front door to the Broadway store was smashed along with most of the glass cabinets inside.
Owners Jim and Joy Stantiall said the store would probably close for good.
"I would think this would be our swansong, unfortunately for Marton and the district," Mr Stantiall told the Chronicle yesterday. He said the raid along with earthquake strengthening and insurance costs had become too much for the business.
"It's getting out of hand," he said.
He was grateful to the people who had contacted police with information and three Rangitikei College students who had gone to the store to offer help during the clean-up.
"Reality is reality and we've got to accept it and move on. I suppose in hindsight you can say nobody was hurt."
Neither the police nor the Stantialls could say how much the stock taken was worth but it was in the thousands.
Sergeant Peter Wood of the Marton police said police were wanting information on a grey four-wheel-drive vehicle seen driving around the town suspiciously on Tuesday night. It was possibly a Hyundai or something similar, he said. Police had arrived at the store at 6am and believed the break-in occurred earlier in the morning.
Mr Wood asked the public to be aware jewellery being sold could be linked to the incident.
"These things are going to be hard to get rid of," he said.
Meanwhile, Mrs Stantiall said the shop would close while a decision was made on its long-term future. She had been in the store 55 years and Mr Stantiall 35 years. It had been broken into once before about 30 years ago.
Anyone who has information can contact Marton police on 06-327 6555 or crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.