A BUTCHER’S boss today condemned burglars who caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage to one of his shops – only to make off with a few bags of crisps and sweets.
Yobs are understood to have forced their way into Dicksons, in St Luke’s Terrace, Pallion, wrecking ceiling panels and kitchen equipment.
It is estimated the cost of the damage caused to the branch, which has been repeatedly targeted by raiders, will top £1,000.
Managing director, Michael Dickson, said: “I just can’t understand why they would do this for a few packets of crisps and sweets.
“The shop has been targeted about five times now. I’ve no idea why they keep doing it. There is no money in the shop.
“All these people are doing is exposing themselves to severe risk, breaking through a ceiling with no idea what is underneath.”
The traditional pork butchers, which was launched in 1953, has shops across the North East, including six on Wearside. “We managed to tidy the place up pretty quickly and were only about an hour late in opening,” said Mr Dickson.
“We have to replace ceiling panels, carry out repairs and redecorate.
“The damage is in excess of £1,000.”
Northumbria Police is appealing for witnesses to the break-in, which is believed to have happened between 5pm on Saturday and 7am on Monday.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.