Owner believes thieves ‘cased’ his card shop

Occasions Cards and Gifts. (2312PG43)

Occasions Cards and Gifts. (2312PG43)

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The owner of a card shop on Spencer Road has been left “feeling sick” after thieves burgled his shop. Occasions was broken into sometime between closing on Tuesday and re-opening on Wednesday morning.

In order to break into the Waterside shop, one thief scaled a barbed wire wrapped back wall, slipped between a security girder before wedging the back door open with crowbars to force their way in.

Proprietor Mark Fisher said: “They must have cased the place because they knew what to do and where to go in the shop. They targeted only the till and the safe after switching the electricity supply off. They never touched another thing. We only knew we had been broken into after the shutters would not work when we tried to open. Those who did this obviously took their time and came equipped for the job. They cut through steel locks to gain entry.”

The shop has been serving the Waterside community for nearly two decades and employs three people. Hundreds of pounds worth of damage was caused to the back door and to the safe. “We’re not making any profit the turnover is paying for the jobs, that is it. We don’t have a big footfall on Spencer Road so it is already challenging times. Christmas is the only time of year this shop makes any money and now that has been stolen.”

Detectives at Strand Road appealled to anyone with information about the incident to telephone CID on 0845 600 8000. Or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”