Dobbies Garden Centre in Woodbridge suffered an attempted smash and grab raid. This comes as one of the busiest weekends of the year starts. It’s lead to calls for communities to be more vigilant.
Police were called to the centre on Saturday morning. This was after a car smashed through the window of the centre’s cafe. It sent shards of shattered glass flying across the dining area. Hours later, children were due to have breakfast with Santa.
The car caused significant damage to the building. Police revealed they believe this was an attempted smash and grab raid. Although no items were stolen.
Part of the garden centre car park had to be cordoned off for several hours while officers conducted an investigation.
Despite the large amount of damage caused, the garden centre was fully open yesterday. Staff welcomed regulars and those hunting for the perfect Christmas tree.
Woodbridge councillor Chris Mapey said it was a shame the burglary had taken place when Christmas was around the corner. The centre should have been busier than ever.
“I am surprised,” said Mr Mapey.
“We have had Black Friday. This should be the best time of the year for businesses where they can focus on customer service.”
He called on the community, traders and staff to be wary of anything that could be an opportunity for thieves. He said: “We need to be vigilant, and shops need to be a bit more cautious, although I would like to think this is a one-off event.”
A Dobbies spokesman said: “We are aware of an incident at our Woodbridge store on December 7, 2019.
“The police were notified immediately and this incident is now under investigation.”
Dobbies Woodbridge was a centre purchased from Wyevale Garden Centres earlier this year.