Thieves targeted a popular Yeovil Christmas display in a raid, stealing festive toys and lights.
Customers of Brimsmore Gardens, on Tintinhull Road, were shocked to hear that animated Christmas toys and lights had been stolen in a burglary on the evening of Wednesday, November 13.
The items were taken from the garden centre’s annual festive display during the break-in which took place between 8.30pm and 9.30pm.
This was the second burglary at the site this month.
Thieves took a laptop and a cash tin from the store in a raid between midnight and 2am on Monday, November 4.
Police are investigating both incidents using CCTV footage and the garden centre has stepped up its security in the meantime.
Mike Burks, managing director of The Gardens Group, which owns Brimsmore Gardens, said: “It is a great shame that some of the things stolen are from our award-winning Christmas displays which give so much pleasure to so many people.”
He said the majority of items stolen were Christmas lights, and added: “Our customers realise how much hard work goes into these displays every year and they have all been shocked about the thefts – we really appreciate their kind support.
“Fortunately our displays are fully stocked and all looking beautiful again, which is a measure of my team’s commitment to making this a special time of year for the hundreds of people of all ages, who come to see them every year.
“Brimsmore Gardens has unfortunately had two break-ins in a very short space of time. Both incidents were at night and each time the culprits have been caught on CCTV.
“The police are examining the footage and in the meantime we have increased security and will be using a range of methods to try and prevent any further thefts.
“We can’t change the nature of people who decide to enter premises illegally, cause damage, make a mess and steal.
“But we can do everything possible to try and prevent any further break-ins on top of our current security measures and help the police to identify the culprits from the very clear CCTV footage we have”.