Ellie Wharrad from West Bridgford was distressed to find that her business had been broken into, among items stolen was a medal from the Le Cordon Bleu cookery school where she completed her patisserie training.
Burglars broke into the Studio Chocolate premises on Thurland Street in Nottingham city centre during the early hours of Monday morning ( 11th February).
Items stolen included an Apple iMac computer, Nikon cameras, money, chocolates and a laptop.
The most distressing part, as well as the mess they made, was that they took Ellie’s Grand Diploma medal that she received when she graduated from Le Corden Bleu.
Ellie told us: “It’s sad to think that thieves would target a small business – there is so much more sentimental value associated with the damage. However we refuse to let this affect us and our customers! We are seeing this as an opportunity to start a clean slate and plan exciting things for the future.”
Adding: “They broke into every business in the building. Police have been amazing, the incident number is: 000158-11022019.”
Ellie’s mum Dawn Wharrad said:
‘She’s a hardworking West Bridgford young person who is carving out a successful career as an innovative chocolatier. It is heartbreaking to have seen what they have done.
‘Fortunately they have not got into the shop at Cobden Chambers and won’t impact on her Valentines Day stock but she has had to cancel classes at the studio whilst CSI and the police investigated.’
‘As well as taking obvious things such as computers, money etc they took Ellie’s Le Cordon Bleu Grand Diploma medal. I am truly gutted for Ellie and I am offering a reward for its safe return.’
If you have any information please call Nottinghamshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 000158-11022019 of 11th February.