A NEW trampoline park has been broken into and thousands of pounds stolen from its safe – just one day after it opened.
The thieves forced their way into Ryze Edinburgh, in Mayfield Industrial Estate, Dalkeith, on Saturday night and made off with a “substantial” cash sum, detectives said.
Staff called the police when they opened up the unit yesterday and were dismayed to find that a five-figure sum of money had been stolen from the park’s safe. The 10,000 sq ft venue had to be closed while a forensic investigation took place but the park was back up and running yesterday afternoon.
A Ryze Edinburgh spokesperson posted on the park’s Facebook page: “It was a very unfortunate incident, but we are back up and running today – hope to see you soon.”
The spokesperson added: “We have a great team here and we are proud to have opened up so quickly to continue to provide people with this awesome venue.”
There was speculation that the new trampoline park – which only opened its doors for the first time on Friday – had been targeted by vandals but this has yet to be confirmed by the police.
A neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “I heard it’s been trashed with electronic equipment stolen. They are turning away locals offering to help clean-up due to police and forensics onsite.”
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “The centre only opened for business [on Friday] and this is a big setback for the staff.
“Anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious in or around the Mayfield Industrial Estate between Saturday evening and Sunday morning is asked to contact police immediately.”
Ryze Edinburgh is the brainchild of US developer Case Lawrence and has found great success across the Atlantic, where the firm’s 200 trampoline parks rake in £185 million a year.
The Dalkeith-based park has the capacity for around 150 would-be gymnasts to leap about on the rows of padded trampolines, with 1some even curving up on to the walls.
Anyone with information
is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or to call the crimefighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.