AN ESTIMATED €100,000 worth of damage was caused to a Lidl outlet in a bizarre incident.
The Ballincollig, Co Cork, outlet of the German discount retailer was targeted by a man armed with a hammer in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Having smashed his way through the front door, the man then proceeded to wreck sections of the store including the drinks and food displays.
The store alarm triggered when the man broke in but he had already caused a substantial amount of damage to both stock and fittings.
A man, in his late 20s, was arrested and is currently being questioned at Gurranabraher Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.
He is expected to appear before the District Court.
The break-in occurred between 11.30pm on Sunday night and 1am yesterday.
Repairs to the store began immediately and the outlet was fully repaired and operational last night.
Gardai confirmed that significant damage was caused to the outlet but declined to speculate on the cost of repairs.
Detectives are now checking CCTV security camera footage to clarify elements of the store attack.
However, locals indicated that the repairs and loss of stock could run to between €50,000 and €100,000.
A significant quantity of Christmas stock was destroyed in the incident.
Damage was cause to both fittings and refrigeration equipment.
A quantity of fresh food had to be dumped amid fears it could have been exposed to flying glass.
A sign was put on the door of the store yesterday morning apologising to customers for the temporary closure. However the store is expected to be fully operational today. The Ballincollig outlet is one of Lidl's busiest in the south.