Burger vans on high alert fol­low­ing se­ries of thefts

Crime: Sev­eral ven­dors at Mas­trick in­dus­trial es­tate tar­geted by raiders

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY KAITLIN EAS­TON

Food ven­dors in Aberdeen say they are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly anx­ious after be­ing tar­geted by thieves who have stolen stock and equip­ment – in­clud­ing knives.

Sev­eral burger vans at White­myres In­dus­trial Es­tate in Mas­trick have been bro­ken into over the past week.

The spate of thefts be­gan last Wed­nes­day, with po­lice say­ing the “large quan­ti­ties of soft drink cans and choco­late” be­ing stolen have had a “huge fi­nan­cial im­pact” on traders.

One busi­ness­man

“They emp­tied the juice fridge – they stole the cheese slices”

yes­ter­day had to turn away dis­ap­pointed cus­tomers as his stock of sweets had been wiped out.

Dur­ing one raid, on The Cas­tle, thieves made off with an iPhone 5, char­ity col­lec­tion boxes and £30.

Own­ers Ash­ley Forbes, 31, and 62-year-old James McIn­tosh have spent £270 re­pair­ing da­m­ages fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent on Mon­day night.

Mr Forbes said: “They com­pletely emp­tied the juice fridge – they even stole the cheese slices.”

The nearby Luca’s take­away van was raided by thieves the fol­low­ing night.

Owner Luck­asz Sieran, 31, said: “The big­gest is­sue was that six knives were stolen – it used to just be juice and crisps.

“It is a con­cern to leave the van at night. We have in­creased se­cu­rity but the more you put on – the more dam­age they’re mak­ing.”

The alarm­ing num­ber of thefts has left some staff scared to come into work.

Em­ployee Sonya Pena is the first per­son to ar­rive at Luca’s in the morn­ing.

The 38-year-old said: “When I’m walk­ing to the van I’m anx­ious ev­ery time, think­ing they’re in there.”

Alan Moule, 62, had his food van, The Fry­ing Scots­man, bro­ken into on Tues­day night.

This is the sec­ond time his busi­ness has been raided this month.

Alarms were be­ing fitted in­side the cater­ing unit yes­ter­day as dis­ap­pointed cus­tomers were told there were no sweets be­cause they had all been taken.

Mr Moule said: “They’re quite dif­fi­cult to get into, but if these peo­ple want in, then they’ll get in. What are you sup­posed to do – there’s only so much you can do to se­cure the van.”

De­tec­tive Sergeant Scott McKay said: “I am ap­peal­ing to any­one with in­for­ma­tion, es­pe­cially night­shift work­ers or de­liv­ery drivers in the White­my­ers In­dus­trial Es­tate dur­ing the hours of dark­ness, to re­port any­one who may have seemed sus­pi­cious.”

Any­one who may be able to help should call the po­lice on 101, quot­ing the in­ci­dent num­ber 0505 of Oc­to­ber 22.

Al­ter­na­tively, peo­ple can anony­mously con­tact Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

CON­CERN: Ash­ley Forbes with his burger van The Cas­tle that was tar­geted in a rob­bery on White­myres Av­enue, Aberdeen

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