Thieves use garden centre wheelchair to steal safe

Thieves stole a safe and took it on a wheelchair across two farmers' fields in a raid on Vincents Garden Centre in Scarisbrick near Southport, Merseyside.

The thieves broke in through the back entrance at some point between 6pm on Sunday 11 November and 9am Monday 12 November.

After smashing through a rear window with one of the site’s pickaxes, they broke a window to get into the office and then tried to carry the safe off in a plastic wheelbarrow.

The raiders abandoned that plan when the wheelbarrow buckled and broke under the weight of the safe, and instead turned to a wheelchair kept on site for visitors to use.

A garden centre representative told HW: "The police didn't recover anything but are still investigating. We've installed a complete new security system now. It's a substantial investment."

Around £500 cash was in the safe. The gang also got away with £40 in a till taken from the on-site cafe which was found smashed on the fields and an Apple iPod Touch.

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