ART LOVING CROOKS have conducted a precise and brazen attack on a Moray Arts supplies shop – taking hundreds of pounds of stock.
In a break-in that the owner of the Picture Framer shop in Elgin could only describe as “bizarre”, the crooks gained entry by forcing through a back door at the North Street shop – then drilling a hole in the floor so they could gain access to the workshop.
Owner Martin Burbridge was left facing a £1500 bill to repair the damage and replace lost stock – including bronze statuettes, tourist T-Shirts, computer equipment – and a charity collection box.
However, having broken in the art-loving crooks did not steal or damage any artwork or picture frames.
The T-Shirts could yet prove an invaluable link to catching the crooks – they are sold in the store on behalf of Sharon Davidson, who began selling novelty T-Shirts celebrating Scottish legends that are popular with tourists. Ms Davidson insists she remembers almost every shirt sold locally – and so would be able to recognise one if being worn in public.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We are investigating an incident which is believed to have happened between 5pm on Wednesday and 7.30am on Thursday, where a quantity of electronic goods were stolen.
“Inquiries are at an early stage and we would appeal for anyone who may have information to come forward.”