Police are investigating a spate of break-ins at commercial premises in Dundee on Thursday.
Thieves struck at the Stobbie Chippy on Dura Street as well as the New Golden Star Chinese takeaway and Bayne’s Bakers on Caird Avenue, and the Co-op store on Albert Street.
A spokesman for the Stobbie Chippy, previously called Dora’s before being taken over by new management, said the front door had been kicked down and a till stolen.
He said: “It’s going to cost more than £1,000 to repair, and the thieves also stole a brand new till worth £2,000.
“I can’t even shut the shop to go home because I need to find a joiner to fix the damage.”
Police were called to the scene at 7.40am after another business owner reported the front door being open.
The business owner, who declined to be named, said: “I came in this morning to open my business and I thought it was unusual that the door of the chippy was open, because only the fridge lights were on.
“I went down and looked at the door and it had been kicked in and there were footprints on it. There was a key and some paint chips lying on the ground.
“Then I phoned the police and gave a statement.
“It’s uncommon for the area because all the shopkeepers look after each other here.
“There’s never really anything untoward that happens here.
“It’s really sad if someone’s kicked the door in.”
Police Scotland confirmed it had also attended at businesses on Caird Avenue following a break-in at the New Golden Star Chinese and attempted break-in at Bayne’s Bakers and the Co-op in Albert Street, with the incidents reported shortly after 8am.
Other business people in the area expressed shock that the break-ins had taken place.
Beata Dziennik, manager of Polski Sklep Tradycja Delicatessen on Dura Street, said: “I was surprised as I’ve never heard of any break-ins nearby before.”
Another business owner said: “The chip shop has been open for 40 years. It’s just been taken over in the last few months and now it’s been broken into.
“My shop’s been here for 10 years and I’ve never encountered any problems.
“I understand the thieves got in through the front door although the shop is not open on a regular basis.”
A police spokeswoman said: “We are carrying out inquiries.
“Anyone who knows who is responsible should contact us on 101 quoting reference 0519 of Thursday November 8.”