South Side busi­nesses tar­geted in ram-raid in­ci­dents

Evening Times - - NEWS -

THIEVES ram-raided two busi­nesses within a mile of each other dur­ing an early morn­ing smash­ing spree yes­ter­day.

Around 5.20am yes­ter­day a sil­ver Peu­geot car was used to re­verse at high speed into a Scot­mid Co-Op­er­a­tive store on Mearns Road in Clark­ston, East Ren­frew­shire.

The Scot­mid store was due to open just 30 min­utes af­ter the raid.

Ex­ten­sive dam­age was vis­i­ble to the en­trance af­ter an open­ing about two feet high was smashed into the grille on the front door.

Bas­kets and mer­chan­dise could be seen scat­tered on the shop floor.

Po­lice say the same car – an es­tate with rails on the roof - was re­spon­si­ble for an iden­ti­cal ram raid min­utes later at a Londis store within a BP petrol sta­tion less than a mile away, on the same road in New­ton Mearns.

It’s not thought any­thing was stolen in either raid.

Yes­ter­day, scenes of crimes of­fi­cers ar­rived to gather in­for­ma­tion.

In­spec­tor Bryan McGeogh of Giffnock Po­lice Of­fice said:“Of­fi­cers are cur­rently in the area gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion for this in­ves­ti­ga­tion and gath­er­ing CCTV footage. Our In­quiries are still at an early stage but it does not ap­pear that any­thing has been stolen.

“In­quiries are on­go­ing to trace the ve­hi­cle in­volved and its driver.

“The car in­volved was a sil­ver Peu­geot es­tate which had roof rails run­ning the length of the ve­hi­cle. The back of the car will be very badly dam­aged and I would urge any­one with in­for­ma­tion on its where­abouts, or who was driv­ing to con­tact po­lice as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should get in touch.

A Scot­mid spokesman said: “Fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent that hap­pened at our Clark­ston, we would like to thank our mem­bers and cus­tomers in the lo­cal area for their pa­tience and understand­ing while we now carry out the nec­es­sary re­pair work.

“Our aim is to re­open the store and re­turn to busi­ness as usual as quickly as pos­si­ble.”

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