A Welsh pet shop was damaged in a ‘mindless’ burglary – ‘all for two cans of cider and a charity box’.
The damage left by the break-in at Aquapets, in Whitchurch, Cardiff, included a smashed window, fallen-through ceiling, ripped-up floorboards and a broken bird aviary – but owner Lisa Jane is most concerned about the loss of livestock.
“I am most gutted about the birds; we lost around 15 birds, many of them fledging,” she told Wales Online. “They would not last long out of the cage they are more than likely dead.”
Lisa claims the person also stole a charity box, an old mobile phone, and two cans of cider – which they drank in the store.
“Virtually nothing of any value was taken, it was literally mindless, pointless damage,” she said. “We can’t afford to go through this, it’s devastating.”
Lisa took ownership of the shop with her son in October last year, according to Wales OnLine, and she said it had been a struggle to keep it going ever since.
“We are just going to have to board the window and ceiling up ourselves. We don’t have the money to get it fixed. We don’t even give ourselves a real wage at the moment, for this to happen to us is just devastating.”
Police are appealing to anyone who may have been in the area during the night of July 10 to contact South Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800555111 quoting reference 1900251532.