The owner of a Derry sex shop says she has been left counting the cost after burglars ransacked her store.
Grainne Farrelly, owner of Cupid’s Corner adult boutique says she was “devastated” by the scene that greeted her after the break in on Monday night/Tuesday morning.
She says over 100 items of stock and a substantial sum of cash have been taken.
And she says her premises could have been targeted because work ongoing at the shop has made access easier.
“They knew they had the opportunity because of the work. They wouldn’t have been able to get in before because the shutters would have been down,” she says.
The Waterloo Street shop is currently getting a shop front makeover as part of a City of Culture revamp programme.
Thieves managed to break through three doors to gain access to the shop before ransacking and stealing a number of items.
“They have taken a lot of stock, and seem to have known what to take. All the more expensive items are gone, they even managed to pull, a heavy glass case away from the wall to empty it from the back,” Grainne says.
“I don’t think much of whoever did this, the town is trying to make something of itself yet these people just see it as an opportunity.
“This was not an opportunist type thing, they knew exactly what they were doing and what to take.”
Grainne says the break in should act as a warning for other premises in the area and asked anyone with any information to contact police.
“Somebody must have seen something, this is a really busy street,” she says.
A PSNI spokeswoman confirmed a “business currently under renovation in Waterloo Street was burgled sometime during the night of April 29.
“At this stage it is not clear if anything was taken,” she says.