THIEVES and vandals have struck at two businesses.
On Saturday night a locked gate was cut open before a car was ram-raided through CMA Chester, a car repair shop on Factory Road, Sandycroft, shortly before 9pm.
At about 10pm the following evening would-be-thieves torched a van from neighbouring business Tyre Force. Bosses at Tyre Force said CCTV footage showed two men attempting to break into the vehicle.
Owner of CMA Martin Sturge said a number of businesses in the area had been targeted by thieves in the past six months.
Police said the two incidents are not being treated as connected at this stage and they are not linking the break-ins to anything else in the area during the last six months.
Mr Sturge said: “They climbed over and cut the gates.
“They spent about half-an-hour trying to get in, then they just drove through the doors.”
Mr Sturge said the thieves made away with a small quantity of cash.
One employee from Tyre Force, who did not want to be named, said: “We have also got it on camera. It shows two people.
“It looks like they have tried to steal the van. They haven’t been able to open the van so they have set it on fire.
“It is definitely a worry. If the tyres we have had caught fire it could have been a lot worse.
“We are lucky that is all they tried.”
He said it is concerning how many premises have been targeted in the area.
He said fortunately the van they tried to steal had been taken off the road and had been unused for sometime.
Anyone with information should contact North Wales Police by calling 101.