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  • william reed
  • Thieves take charity tins at Loch Lomond Homes and Gardens Centre

    Thieves have broken into a Loch Lomond Homes and Gardens Centre and stolen children?s charity tins.
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    The criminals smashed their way into the Balloch garden centre in the early hours of Sunday morning.
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    They stole three collection tins and caused extensive damage.

    Partner charities to Loch Lomond garden centre affected

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    The fundraising pots were for Children?s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS), Calum?s Cabin and the British Red Cross. They would have been full of money when taken.
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    Lorna Callaghan said the family firm, based at Stirling Road, is heartbroken by the theft. She described it as ?sickening?.
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    Lorna said: ?One of the owners of the business has family connections to Calum?s Cabin. It’s a devastating break-in for us.
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    ?You put your heart and soul into driving the business forward and this leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
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    ?It’s disheartening as a family business and it makes everyone feel very wary.
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    ?How can people feel they have the right to break in and help themselves like they have, stealing charity tins?
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    ?It?s sickening.?
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    The culprits broke in at around 4.10am on Sunday morning. The thieves smashed into the garden centre allegedly using garden tools.
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    They first broke glass windows on a conservatory, before smashing the cafeteria and office doors.
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    The centre?s alarm spooked them and they grabbed the three tins from the till area before making their escape.
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    Lorna continued: ?Our road was closed. They may only have been able to get to us by coming up the burn at the back of the garden centre.
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    ?They may have come home quite mucky with soaking wet footwear and trousers, which we are asking people to think about.
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    ?There?s been a spate of garden centres broken into lately so somebody is targeting them.
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    ?We were also broken into last year so it?s disheartening that it?s happened again.?

    Second time break in

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    Thieves stole a safe containing cash from the garden centre in June last year.
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    Police responded to the alarm at the business where they saw the thieves had broken into the property and made off with the safe with cash inside.
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    Officers at Dumbarton CID are investigating the latest crime.

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