OWNERS of an East Renfrewshire boutique have been left devastated after heartless yobs caused “significant damage” while ransacking their business.

The break-in at Rule 42 Boutique & Alterations took place at a time when many local businesses are already struggling to cope with difficulties caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Thieves struck at the Giffnock store earlier this month, smashing a window and damaging a shutter and some of the stock, before fleeing the scene with a charity tin containing cash donated by generous customers.

Confirming their plight through a message on Facebook, boutique owners Teah and Shellie stated: “It is with a heavy heart that we are now having to close our boutique until further notice.

“We were the victims of burglary and robbery and we have had significant damage to the premises and to some stock.

“Obviously, in these challenging times, this is the last thing we need and we are extremely upset.”

The owners also reassured customers, especially brides-to-be, that their bridal gowns had been moved to “safe and secure storage.”

“We [have been] attempting to contact all our brides who are having their bridal gowns altered to let them know that all your dresses are fine and no alterations have been touched,” they added.

“We understand that you are feeling anxious in these uncertain times – all your gowns are being moved to safe secure storage.”

The owners, who were able to keep their Kilmarnock branch open, also asked customers to show patience if they have been trying to contact the Giffnock boutique without success.
Police are investigating the incident.

Inspector Stevie Scott, who is based at Giffnock Police Station, told the Barrhead News that enquiries are “ongoing.”