It’s now emerged that thieves broke into a series of retail premises on Penarth Sea Front in the small hours of Saturday morning October 13th.
The crooks attempted – but failed – to jemmy their way into the Old Sweet Shop – one of the wing shops at the entrance to the pier.
They then moved on to the Pier Pavilion Cafe – now managed by Waterloo Tea – broke in through one of the doors opening onto the ground floor balcony, and stole the cash float from the till.
The next targets were the Decks Ice Cream kiosk – further down the pier – and Nicola’s Juice Bar, both of which today had sheets of plywood covering broken windows .
The pier is normally locked overnight and getting illicit access to premises involves a risky climb over railings to reach the main boardwalk.
No statement has yet been made about the crime rampage by South Wales Police.