Thieves steal poppy tins from Bearsden cafe

Tiffin take away, caf� was broken into and charity box, crisps and cakes taken. Lorna Pew the cafe owner'Photo by Emma Mitchell'19/11/13
Tiffin take away, caf� was broken into and charity box, crisps and cakes taken. Lorna Pew the cafe owner'Photo by Emma Mitchell'19/11/13

A cafe owner has branded thieves who ransacked her cafe ‘scum of the earth’ for stealing £300 from a Poppy Appeal charity can.

Tiffin Cafe on Rannoch Drive, Bearsden, is the second business to be targeted in this way in 10 days after Christie butchers at Bearsden Cross was hit and charity cash taken.

Thieves struck the cafe sometime between 2.30 and 7am on Saturday.

Lorna Pew (70), Tiffin’s owner, said: “It’s a disgrace. They left one of the MS cans but took the poppy can which was full and another hospice one.

“They are scum of the earth for what they have done. I’ve been here for 30 years and this is the first time this has happened.”

Mrs Pew reckons there must have been more than one person involved as they moved a very heavy display cabinet and also stole a cash register, as well as stock.

She added: “They tried to break the large display window, but when that failed, smashing a door panel. They totally ransacked the place. The cost of replacing the cash register , fixing the window and replacing the lost stock will be about £1,500.”

Police inspector John Hunter said: “Anyone who saw anything suspicious should call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800555111.”