Thieves raid burger van

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GREEDY thieves made off with bacon, burgers, scampi and sausages in a late night heist on a popular Peterhead burger van.

Meat and other foods worth more than £500 was stolen from The Boathouse at the town’s Seagate last Tuesday night after crooks used screwdrivers and a crowbar to break two padlocks.

Boathouse staff said they were “disappointed” by the theft after working to feed hungry workmen and other residents for the past six years.

Owner Linda Smith and sister-in-Law Diane locked the van after a busy lunchtime rush at 2.30pm on Tuesday afternoon.

When they returned at 6.45 the next morning, the side door to the van was “flapping” and a crowbar, two screwdrivers and a knife were discarded nearby.

“All the food in the fridge and freezer was taken,” said Linda, who was shocked to discover the her business had been targeted.

“We’ve never had any problems in six years here. I was raging about it because all the food had to be replaced and we need repairs to the door now. It’s disappointing.”

Quantities of bacon, cheese, burgers, sausages, scampi, chicken fillets, black puddings and hash browns were taken from a fridge and freezer as well as two boxes of chocolate bars and a plastic container which held around £40 in tips.

Linda added: “None of the proceeds are kept on the premises. But the tip box was underneath one of the counters and it is the only one that somebody had rifled around in. It looks like they knew where to find it.”

Between 50 and 100 customers frequent The Boathouse every day, with workers often driving from elsewhere in the town for its much-loved dishes.

Friday’s curry, rice and chips is particularly popular, as well as daily specials including chicken fillets, salad and chips.

Grampian Police urge anyone with information on this crime to contact them on 0845 600 5700 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.