Skateboards used to steal safe from Southsea Skatepark

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BURGLARS borrowed a pair of skateboards to steal a safe from Southsea Skatepark.

Thieves took two skateboards from the park’s shop to move a safe holding about £750 out of the building.

Effraim Catlow, manager at Southsea Skatepark, Southsea Common, Southsea.'Southsea skatepark was broken into at the weekend and a lot of money was stolen.' 'Picture: Allan Hutchings (141173-779) PPP-140416-184533001

Effraim Catlow, manager at Southsea Skatepark, Southsea Common, Southsea.'Southsea skatepark was broken into at the weekend and a lot of money was stolen.' 'Picture: Allan Hutchings (141173-779) PPP-140416-184533001

Skatepark manager Effraim Catlow said the crime was ‘hugely disappointing’.

The break-in happened in the early hours of Sunday.

Mr Catlow said: ‘It was a big shock.

‘The main disappointment was that we had to close on Sunday, which was a sunny day when we would have had good takings.’

Mr Catlow said he thought the burglars broke in about 1am and returned about 2.30am to steal the safe.

He said the crime seemed well planned out.

He said: ‘It seemed like they definitely knew what they were doing.

‘It was quite a professional job and it looked like they worked it all out beforehand.’

Mr Catlow said the skateboards were left outside the park where the burglars must have lifted the heavy safe into a vehicle.

He said: ‘They used two skateboards from the shop to get the safe out, but the boards weren’t taken and nothing from the shop was taken either.

‘I guess they must have used a pretty robust van to take it away. I can’t imagine a car would have carried it.’

Mr Catlow said the safe held the previous day’s takings, the float and ‘a bit of petty cash’.

He said: ‘As a result of it we also had damage to the doors.’

Mr Catlow said the skatepark was a charity and profits were invested back into improving the facilities at the park.

‘It’s our three-year anniversary of being a charity this month and we’re working towards some new ramps, so it’s held us up a bit.

‘But we’ve had a great Easter holiday so far after a really wet winter.

‘We’ll be open every day over Easter.’

Police are investigating the crime and have asked for anyone with information to call PC Marie Brickell at Southsea Police Station on 0845 045 4545, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

There will be a roller-disco event to celebrate the anniversary of the skatepark becoming a charity on Saturday, April 26 from 6pm to 10pm.

The event will feature skating games including a highest bunny hop competition, a snake-run time trial and music put on by DJs.