THIEVES escaped red-handed with an expensive stove from a family-run business in Annalong.
Thieves smashed a window to gain entry to Woodstoves Ireland’s showroom off the main Annalong to Newcastle Road some time overnight between Friday and Saturday (12 and 13 April).
A black cast iron stove worth £1,300 was stolen and the business owners have also been left counting the cost of repairs to the showroom window.
Proprietor, Ian Gordon said that in over 30 years of business, this is the first time they have been the victims of this type of theft.
“I had gone out on Saturday (13 April) morning to open up and noticed a couple of things seemed to be out of place and then I saw that the window had been broken.
“They did try to get through two doors but couldn’t so resorted to smashing the window of the showroom. They then just lifted a nice, expensive stove to take with them, which costs around £1,300.”
Mr Gordon believes the burglary took place around 12.30am in the early hours of Saturday.
The business has had to close for two days as a result of the burglary and the damage left.
Meanwhile, Mr Gordon is appealing for information over the stolen stove and is urging people who are offered a stove like this to be cautious.
“It is quite a distinctive, specific stove with a unique serial number on it so it will be easily identified as the one stolen from us.
“It is not the type of stove that many dealers would have and not the standard one you would get in your local hardware store.”
Mr Gordon would appeal to all chimney sweeps, fitters/ builders and retailers asked to service Contura in the future to contact Woodstoves Ireland for the serial number of stolen stove
Meanwhile, the PSNI are appealing for anyone with any information or who was on the Glasdrumman Road between 11.30pm and 12.30am on Friday/ Saturday to contact them on 101, quoting reference 278 of 13/04/2019.