Kitchen sink and all: Thugs smash window and steal rare objects from famous Waterford family business
A well-known Waterford city business was the target of a vandals last night who stole some valuable and rare items from a window display – including the kitchen sink.
Ryan’s Shoe Repairs and Sales on Patrick Street, famous for selling rare collectables, had its front window smashed in at around 5am this morning.
The culprit made off with a small, but much sought after original Belfast sink, as well as an equally hard to find old brick-mould.
The store’s owner John Ryan was walking to work this morning when he met a delivery person who told him his window had been smashed and that gardai were at the scene.
John told WaterfordNow.ie: “When I went up the gardai were there and I saw the damage that was done. The gardai had the two stones that were used.
“To me it was premeditated, it wasn’t just a random act of vandalism. It looks like they specifically wanted to get their hands on the Belfast sink.
“They also took an old Indian brick-mould as well. Funnily though, they didn’t take two programmes from the two Waterford – Manchester United 1968 European Cup matches (home and away) or the three framed Lady Lavery bank notes, which are worth a lot of money.
“That’s why we think it is very strange, not just a random act of vandalism,” John added.
The family-run business has been in its Patrick Street location since 1942 and is chock full of collectibles. However John says the cost of the damage is even more than the items stolen.
“I’ll be working for nothing for the next two weeks,” he said.
“We had the window put back in this morning. And tomorrow now we will have someone over to measure up a metal grill. The visuals of that are not great because it is the window that sells.
“Hopefully the gardai will track this guy down from CCTV and bring him to justice. As a small business trying to recover from the impact of Covid-19 we are disgusted with this act of vandalism which we were greeted with this morning,” John added.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or who may have information regarding the break-in is urged to contact Waterford Garda Station on 051 305 300.