CCTV captures snooker club raid suspects

CCTV of the two suspects
CCTV of the two suspects

Burglars smashed a 10ft-wide hole in the roof of Boston Snooker Centre on Sunday before raiding games machines and stealing cash.

Police are now looking for the two offenders who targeted the facility on Artillery Way in the early hours of the morning, at about 4.30am.

Grant Marshall of Boston Snooker Centre with damage caused by burglars after breaking in through hole in roof.

Grant Marshall of Boston Snooker Centre with damage caused by burglars after breaking in through hole in roof.

The centre has been owned by the Marshall family of Boston for a number of years, who caught the two suspects on their CCTV camera.

Grant Marshall said the break-in left the centre in a ‘absolute state’ and estimates the total damage at ‘a few thousand pounds’.

“It appears they removed the slates off the roof and then broke through - leaving a 10ft-wide hole,” he said. “It’s an absolute state.

“We have a suspended ceiling with about a 20ft drop from the roof above to the floor.

“They have completely written off our quiz machine and our bandit fruit machine. I would say what they have done is a bit excessive as they only stole a few hundred pounds at most from them.”

The mess was cleared and the centre was back open later that morning. Contractors have been brought in to repair the roof and make it watertight.

Grant added: “Thankfully it has been nice weather so we’ve not had any rain coming through the hole.”

The day before, on Saturday, an attempted break-in was made at the Gliderdrome in Spain Place, causing damage to a door.

Anyone with information about either incident should contact Lincolnshire Police by dialling 101 and quoting the incident numbers 137 of June 30 and 466 of June 29 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.