'Young lad' breaks into Welwyn Garden City Debenhams using 'six-pound sledgehammer'

PUBLISHED: 08:03 25 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:08 25 September 2018

A witness recalled how he was woken up by a

A witness recalled how he was woken up by a "young lad" smashing his way into Debehams in Welwyn Garden City this morning. Picture: WHT.

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A witness has recalled how a youngster smashed his way into Debenhams this morning with "extreme force".

A witness recalled how he was woken up by a A witness recalled how he was woken up by a "young lad" smashing his way into Debehams in Welwyn Garden City this morning. Picture: WHT.

The witness, who requested not to be named, was woken up at around 3.30am to the sound of “large amounts of glass smashing”.

She told the Welwyn Hatfield Times how she woke up “startled” as she thought her home was being burgled so rushed out of bed.

She said: “I live in a very small place so I quickly realised it wasn’t me and rushed to my window.

“A young lad was using a six-pound sledgehammer and smashed out one of Debenhams windows.

A witness recalled how he was woken up by a A witness recalled how he was woken up by a "young lad" smashing his way into Debehams in Welwyn Garden City this morning. Picture: WHT.

“It was so loud and he was hitting it with extreme force.”

She said the man, who was wearing a white scarf around his face and a grey hoodie, went into the store through the window and left with two bags that looked full up with items.

She added: “He ran off towards John Lewis and the police arrived within five minutes.”

A spokesman for the police said: “We were called to a break in at Debenhams in Welwyn Garden City at around 3.30am this morning (Tuesday, September 25).

“From CCTV it appears a man has used a sledgehammer to break the front window and has taken some items from a window display.”

A spokesperson for Debenhams said that the store opened at 9.30am and is trading as usual today.

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