'I don't know what sort of people do this' - Iconic seaside ice cream parlour left reeling after devastating break in
Published 17/10/2016 | 10:32
A beloved seaside ice cream parlour was left reeling over the weekend as thugs broke in and trashed the store.
Tina McCormack woke up to find her ice cream parlour, Storm in a Teacup, completely ransacked on Sunday morning.
The parlour, which is located in The Harbour in Skerries, has been the victim of crime before, but never to this level.
"The shop was completely thrashed. The machines were destroyed. We have had plenty of petty break ins in the past, but this time it was different. The smashed the whole place.
"The display fridge was cracked, the stock was spread everywhere and it was devastating to see," she told Independent.ie.
The perpetrators got away with a small amount of money.
"They took the till, but we had emptied it that day, so there was nothing in it. They also took a full RNLI charity box, which people had been giving money to.
"I don't know what sort of people do this. I really don't," she said.
Following the incident, the community joined together to help get the ice cream parlour back on its feet.
"We somehow have it up and running this morning. Everybody worked through the night to help us get there. It has really warmed my heart to see everyone come together."
One young fan even thinks she has cracked the case.
"A little girl, who must only be nine or ten years-of-age. She wrote us a letter with her theory of how they got into the shop. She thinks she has solved the case.
"We wrote her a little letter back saying 'we have passed on her letter to the gardaí."
Gardaí have confirmed that a full investigation is underway and are appealing for anyone with information to contact Skerries Garda station on (01) 849 1211.