Thieves target new Garvie & Co twice

Garvie & Co.
Garvie & Co.

Milngavie’s new restaurant and bar Garvie & Co - the former Cross Keys - has been broken into twice since it opened at the end of March.

The initial break-in happened during the restaurant’s first week after an intruder forced entry into the building through a door.

However, nothing was taken that time.

A second break-in occurred in the early hours of Monday (May 5) morning last week.

The culprit smashed a window to gain entry to the restaurant at about 4am and broke the front cover of a glass cabinet to take several bottles of alcohol, including expensive Dom Perignon champagne, worth a total of £1,200.

Garvie & Co on Station Road was bought by successful businessmen brothers, Pravesh and Rahul Randev in 2012.

After extensive renovations being carried out inside and out, the restaurant opened on Friday,March 28.

It’s named after the well known former Garvie’s soft drinks factory on nearby Mugdock Road.

Rahul Randev said: “It beggars belief that we’ve been broken into twice when we’ve barely been open for a month.

“I don’t understand these people and why they would do this.

“We’ve taken great pride in making improvements to the interior and whoever did this has caused £2,000 worth of damage to our display cabinet.

“They left a terrible mess which took us hours to clean up, there was smashed glass everywhere.

“Some of the shattered pieces had landed on nearby seats and ripped the fabric covers.

“We are hopeful that the police will catch the person responsible for this as they cut their hand when they broke in so the police have a DNA sample.

“They also have some good images from the CCTV cameras outside and inside the restaurant.”

Constable Alex Moore, from Kirkintilloch police office, said: “Police enquiries are on going to trace the person or persons responsible.

“If members of the public have any information which could be helpful or saw anybody acting suspiciously around the time of the incident please contact Police Scotland on 101. Either that, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”