CCTV footage reveals the moment two hooded figures ransacked a popular Llanelli cafe-bar after breaking into the businesses.
Images show how two men stole cash, stock and a charity collection box from family-run ‘Marzano’s Caffe Bar’ in the early hours of Sunday, February 16 and caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.
The owners of the business turned up the following day to find the devastation that the burglars had caused.
Andrew Marzano, 33, along with his father Toni Marzano, 63, found the restaurant in a mess after the burglars broke in through the rear door with a crow bar.
“They came in through the back door and took the cash and the till, took all the stock. Altogether with the damage to the doors and everything they’ve taken, they’ve caused about £12,000 worth of damage,” said Andrew.
CCTV shows how the two males came back to the premises three times with more bags to steal more of the business’ stock and equiptment.
“When we came in Monday morning and I saw the mess on the floor and the counters, I just knew instantly, it’s not a nice feeling at all,” says the owner.
“It’s hard enough to run a business in Llanelli as it is, we’re a small family-run independent businesses and everything we’ve put into this business has been from our own pockets and out of our own money,” he adds.
The restaurant is located in Llanelli town centre which has been struggling in recent years after a number of businesses have closed and a number of chain’s have left the high street.
The family-run business opened in 2016 and has since become a popular place to eat and drink in the town centre but this is the third incident that’s happened there in the past couple of weeks.
“One of our members of staff had their car broken into, we had our wheelie bin and lead from the roof stolen recently,” says Andrew.
The business was closed on Monday while the damage was being cleared up and the owners didn’t know when it would reopen.
“We’ve had to close today and maybe tomorrow and that has a big effect as well. It’s another day that we lose earnings and our staff lose hours and money, it messes with people.
“The way I am trying to look at it is in a positive light, you know they haven’t stolen everything so we’re just trying to be positive,” added Andrew.
A spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police said: “I can confirm we are investigating a burglary at Marzano’s Café Bar in Cowell Street, Llanelli.
“At around 1.15am on Sunday, February 16, two men entered the property by a rear door and removed a cash register containing around £1,500.
“A charity collection box containing an unknown sum and approximately £1,000 worth of stock were also stolen.
“Anyone who was in the area around that time, or has any information, should contact PC 712 McIntosh on 101.
“If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired you can also text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.”