Bungling robbers fail in multiple break-in bids

Sharron Hyde shows the damage to the door at Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland. Picture: Neil Hanna
Sharron Hyde shows the damage to the door at Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland. Picture: Neil Hanna
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SHOP owners are counting the cost after a spate of attempted break-ins caused hundreds of pounds’ worth of damage.

Raiders tried to smash their way into the Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland charity shop, in Main Street, Davidson’s Mains, on Saturday night, using bolt cutters to remove padlocks on the cast iron gates before attempting to kick the door in.

The botched break-in – which caused £500 of damage – is the third time the charity shop has been targeted in two years.

On the same night Congratulations Cards, also in Main Street, was targeted when a hole was smashed in the door.

The family-run business was also broken into in September – just three months after it first opened.

Sharron Hyde, shop manager of Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland, said: “It’s awful to have this happen again.

“It’s just so frustrating. Even though they didn’t steal anything, the damage still costs so much for the charity.”

She called for CCTV cameras to be installed in the area to act as a deterrent to thieves.

Ms Hyde said: “There have been so many break-ins in Davidson’s Mains and Silverknowes and there don’t seem to be any cameras where we are.

“We are talking about getting metal shutters for the door, but you just don’t know if it will make a difference.”

The would-be thieves also caused £200 of damage at Congratulations Cards by smashing the glass in the door and ransacking the till, which had luckily been left empty.

Owner Radha Devi said: “It happened before in September in exactly the same way.

“I feel really heartbroken that people are doing this.

“It is just so horrible knowing that people have been in the shop.

“We are just a family business trying to keep going.”

She added: “It is a real issue around here.”

Conservative councillor Lindsay Paterson has lobbied for mobile CCTV cameras to be placed in the area.

Cllr Paterson, who represents the Almond ward, said: “It is something that the police and the council need to get a grip on as early as possible.

“We don’t know if it is the same people responsible but it is very worrying for residents in the area.”

A Police Scotland spokesman confirmed officers were investigating two attempted break-ins to businesses on Main Street on Saturday night.

Anyone with information is asked to call the non-emergency number 101.

The charity shop is appealing for donations of clothing to try to recoup the cost of the repairs.