A business owner has said a break-in at his store was a “sign of the times” after thieves made off with a quantity of cash.
Popins gift shop on Lochee High Street was targeted sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Co-owner, Cliff Robertson, 49, said thieves had possibly forced the premises’ door open with a crowbar before making off with about £70 from the till.
Cliff and his brother Chris – who also own The Sweetie Monster store on the High Street – have had the shop since 2003 and this was the first time it had been targeted.
Cliff, from Lochee, said police found a crowbar in the side alley following the smash-and-grab raid.
He said: “This is the first bit of bother we’ve had.
“We don’t open on a Sunday but someone from the nearby furniture store noticed the door had been prised open.
“Police were out after someone had called it in.
“They found a crowbar in the alley to the side of the shop.
“We don’t have a shutter, it’s an old style door, it would appear it has been prised open.”
>> Keep up to date with the latest news with The Tele newsletter
He added: “It must have been someone who is really desperate to break into a card shop.
“It would appear they have known what they were doing as they pushed a button on the till before taking the cash.
“They haven’t taken anything else.
“There was around £15 of change scattered on the floor of the shop.
“We reckon this has all happened within a matter of minutes.
“At this stage we don’t know if there was more than one person involved.
“There were footprints on the door and police took the crowbar away.
“There has been a few places targeted in recent months, I think it is just a sign of the times, unfortunately.
“Given the fact we don’t have a shutter we think the store has been targeted.
“Someone said they saw a person kicking the door then they pretended they were looking at a poster in the shop.
“At this stage I don’t think any of this has been caught on CCTV cameras in the street.”
A spokesman for the force said: “Police Scotland is investigating a theft by housebreaking at a card shop in Lochee High Street, Dundee, which happened between 5:10pm on Saturday, Spetember 15 and 10:40am on Sunday, September 16. The door was forced open, and a small quantity of cash stolen from within.”