STAFF at Charmouth Stores reported continuous incidents of theft from the convenience shop on Sunday, August 26.
In a post on social media, Maria Tritton, manager of the family-run store, said they were “completely devastated” after having “so much stuff stolen from us”.
She said the village centre shop had been targeted by a group of people three times during the day, who had “helped themselves to whatever they wanted”, including cases of beer and food.
Mrs Tritton said the group worked together and distracted staff at the till while others stole items, and they had also tried to pay with a fake £20 note.
Police have asked shopkeepers in the Lyme Regis, Charmouth and Bridport areas to be vigilant, as there have been several incidents of counterfeit notes being used in recent weeks.
After posting about the incident on social media, Charmouth Stores received an outpouring of support from the local community with some even offering to camp outside the shop to prevent the thieves returning again, as staff were “scared”.
Mrs Tritton later reported receiving threats after the group were confronted when they tried to return to the shop again. The incidents were reported to the police.