Cumbernauld Shopping Centre sees first break-in in 17 years
Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
Published at 20:29 GMT on Sunday 3rd March, 2013.
 
Picture is copyright of Scott Campbell/ Cumbernauld Media.

CUMBERNAULD Shopping Centre has seen its first recorded break-in, in the last 17 years; forcing the closure of the town’s iiMusic store.

Based at 31 Teviot Walk in the area’s Shopping Centre, the store has today closed after a “large scale theft” saw the store looted of thousands of pounds worth of musical equipment.

Commenting on the store closing Jon Clark, Director said: “It is truly disappointing for us to close a branch under these circumstances. We met some really great people in Cumbernauld, very friendly, very positive and very pleased to find a proper music shop in their local centre.”

The company declared the closure of their newly opened Cumbernauld store earlier today after robbers broke into the store in the early hours of Thursday morning.

 
 
Thieves forced the rear doors of the store open and stole £,000's of pounds worth of stock. The theft was highly targeted and the items stolen had clearly been identified and targeted by previous visits to the store.  

Since the robbery, local police officers have attended the scene, gathered evidence and are actively following various lines of enquiry. Security staff at Cumbernauld Shopping Centre have advised visitors that this is the first break-in that the centre has recorded in the last 17 years. 

The iiMusic website declares: “Due to this we have concluded that our occupation potentially poses a risk to the other traders in the centre, as our valuable and attractive stock may attract unwanted attention in this way. Accordingly we have simply closed the branch to avoid additional problems of this nature.”

“Following this appalling robbery, we faced the choice to re-stock and continue in the centre or not. In balance, due to security considerations, for both ourselves and the other traders we decided that it would be best to withdraw from this particular centre at this time,” Mr Clark added.

“We would like to thank those who supported the store while we were in Cumbernauld. Our stores in other locations continue to offer the same high quality IIMusic experience, family friendly stores, Top Brand Products and First Class service from polite, friendly and knowledgeable staff.” 

iiMusic have advised customers that if they had any items on-order, on lay-away,  or in transit these will be processed by their Edinburgh branch who will arrange a convenient delivery/collection with customers in due course. 

Furthermore, the company has announced that if anyone has a gift voucher issued from the Cumbernauld branch, then these are valid in any of the chain’s other stores or via their website.  Should you have to contact the company in relation to an order then you call telephone 0800 0850433 or 0131 450 7128 and choose option 1 for the iiMusic Edinburgh store.

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