'We will not be broken' - Meldreth couple vow to carry on with family business after thieves swipe two saunas worth £26,000
PUBLISHED: 08:35 20 October 2016
Acouple from Meldreth who had two saunas stolen worth a combined £26,000 have said the incident has left them feeling vulnerable and worried for their security, but they have vowed to carry on.
Alexandra Weissova and Bart Juranek have run Bathing Under the Sky – which specialises in outdoor spa experiences using wood fired hot tubs and saunas – from their family home since 2011.
The couple had been away on holiday, enjoying their first days off in five months following a hectic festival season, when thieves struck at the site where they stored the saunas, near Flint Cross.
“We are absolutely devastated,” Alexandra told the Crow.
“We got a call saying that the saunas had been taken.
“Our staff had to take the wheels off everything else we have in case it happened again.”
The couple think the thieves must have been organised to make off with the pair of wood-fired barrel saunas, which were constructed by the couple themselves.
They were thought to have been taken between 5pm on Sunday, October 9, and 1.30pm the following day.
Alexandra and Bart are worried the offenders may have posed as customers beforehand.
“We dread to think it could be someone who we have met and shook their hand,” said Alexandra, 46.
“It’s a danger to the whole community that they are so organised, there is CCTV but they avoided it going through a field and they must’ve had 4x4s or something to move the saunas.”
Alexandra, who moved to the area 10 years ago from her native Slovakia, and Bart, 45, are going to build one more sauna to carry on their business, which they run with Alexandra’s daughters Alex Jr, 26, and Viktoria, 24.
“This money is meant to be for us, we live in a rented bungalow and we want to save to buy a home, but now we will have to use it to try to replace what was taken.”
To make matters worse, it isn’t the first time their business has suffered such a blow.
Back in July 2012 they had two hot tubs stolen from outside their home, an incident reported by the Crow at the time.
“The combined effect of these two events is all the more disturbing as it contrasts so starkly with the warmth and compassion we have experienced from the people of Herts, Cambs, and the wider community,” said Alexandra.
The couple are offering £1,000 reward for genuine information that leads to the return of each sauna and have been putting posters up around the area appealing for information.
“We will not be broken, we work very hard at our business and it has gone from strength to strength,” Alexandra said.
“We are going to carry on, we sincerely hope to set up a permanent base for the business to further contribute to the local economy and community that we appreciate so much, and we will not let this stop us.”
A police spokesman has confirmed that they are investigating the theft of two trailers with outdoor saunas attached.
“Officers conducted a thorough investigation, but the offenders have not yet been identified,” he said.
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.