PU B RAIDED Thieves es­cape with four-fig­ure sum

East Kilbride News - - FRONT PAGE - Ni­cola Find­lay

Po­lice yes­ter­day con­tin­ued to hunt for thieves who raided a pop­u­lar pub in East Kil­bride and made off with a four-fig­ure sum of cash.

The robbery at The Gar­den­hall Inn has been slammed by East Kil­bride West coun­cil­lor David Wat­son who this week urged mem­bers of the pub­lic to help cops catch the cul­prits.

Doors were forced open and a large amount of money was stolen from games machines in the bar, which is run by na­tional pub gi­ant Greene King.

Stock was also taken and there was dam­age to the doors. The pub’s op­er­a­tors say they have CCTV and footage has been handed to East Kil­bride po­lice as part of the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

No one was in the pub when the thieves struck but Cllr Wat­son said it is shock­ing

a pop­u­lar venue was tar­geted in this way. He told the News: “This is a great com­mu­nity pub and I am ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed that some­one has seen fit to break in.

“The man­agers have re­ally tried hard to en­gage the lo­cal com­mu­nity in ev­ery­thing they do – so it is a blow that it has been tar­geted in this way.

“Thank­fully, no one was within the premises at the time or it could have been far worse.

“I would ask any­one who has in­for­ma­tion which could as­sist the po­lice in catch­ing who­ever is re­spon­si­ble to get in touch with them.”

A spokesper­son for The Gar­den­hall Inn said: “We can con­firm there was a break-in at the pub after it closed on Sun­day, Jan­uary 28, and some of our stock and cash was taken.

“Our pri­or­ity at this stage is as­sist­ing the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion and we have al­ready pro­vided them with CCTV footage.”

PC Ian Pee­bles, from East Kil­bride’s safer com­mu­ni­ties team, said: “Po­lice are car­ry­ing out an in­ves­ti­ga­tion fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent in which The Gar­den­hall Inn was bro­ken into by per­sons who made off with a large sum of money.

“We are ap­peal­ing for any wit­nesses or any­one with in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the in­ci­dent to con­tact us on 101.”

Tar­get The Gar­den­hall Inn

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