BUSINESSES have been left counting the cost of crime.
Burglars left repair bills which far outweigh the costs of what they snatched.
Commercial and community buildings in Durham, particularly around the Framwellgate Moor area of the city, were hit in the spate of break-ins between Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Shops targeted by the thieves, who used a brick or a paving stone to get in, include a beauty salon, a delicatessen and a school, along with All Saints’ Church.
Police believe the burglars were searching for cash and food.
Till floats were taken from shops, and biscuits from the church.
Inspector Paul Anderson, of Durham Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The value of damage caused in all cases far outweighed the actual theft of property.
“We are linking the crimes, which all occurred on the same night and are very similar in nature.
“I would please ask the community if they saw anything suspicious on the night, or if they have knowledge of who may be responsible, to please let us know.”
Call Durham Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.