French Bakehouse owners Barry and Sandra Dawson are alarmed at the spate of break-ins along the Esplanade.
French Bakehouse owners Barry and Sandra Dawson are alarmed at the spate of break-ins along the Esplanade. NAT BROMHEAD

Businesses' power cut by intruders

A NUMBER of Esplanade businesses were broken into over the weekend and shop owners have had enough.

The French Bakehouse in Scarness was raided during the early hours of Sunday morning.

Sweet-toothed thieves made off with the cash register – and a cake.

Power to the store was switched off and the back door kicked in, said store owner Barry Dawson.

“They pinched the bloody till. They took it to the pier across the road then smashed it open and helped themselves to the contents.

“They also took a full tray out of the cabinet and ate one of the cakes.

“Police told me they thought it was the work of kids, but I highly doubt that kids would access the switchboard, turn off the power then kick in the heavy steel roller door to get inside.”

Mr Dawson said insurance would cover the cost of repairs but he is worried that Esplanade businesses seem to be continually targeted “without much being done about it at all”.

Other Esplanade cafes including Aquavue and Enzo's were targeted in similar fashion.

Steve Cadd from Enzo's said his power box had been tampered with.

“Our power box is padlocked. They bent the door right open to try to get at it. Then they tried to get through the front door of the cafe but fortunately didn't get in – not this time.”

Headlines hair and beauty in Freshwater Street was also broken into over the weekend. Again the mains power was switched off and a security screen removed allowing thieves to smash a back window.

Proprietor Jo Walter said an iPod and other personal items were taken. “They trashed the place and opened every cupboard and drawer looking for items of value.”

The French Bakehouse's Mr Dawson is particularly angry and upset over the spate of break-ins.

“Enough is enough. An example really needs to be made of one of these thieves when they are finally caught.”



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