Tiny Island community rocked by robbery

Looking north over garrisdale point

Garrisdale Point, Canna. Picture: Peter Van den Bossche

Shop run by development trust robbed overnight 

16th June 2015 by Robert Armour 0 Comments

A tiny island community has been rocked by its first theft in decades.

The Isle of Canna Community Development Trust said it was "gutted" after its shop near the island’s pier was robbed last Friday night.

Thieves cleared the shelves of sweets, toiletries, batteries and six hand knitted wool hats.

Staff leave the shop open so customers can replenish supplies and access wifi, leaving cash in an honesty box.

A statement on the trust’s Facebook page said: “Sadly this means we will have to lock the door of the shop overnight now.

“We left it open specifically to welcome fisherman in to use the wifi and buy anything they needed while resting in at our pier overnight. 

“The feedback from the fishing community was that it is a most welcome service.

“It is therefore very sad that they and other visitors have to lose out.”

The trust said it was eager to hear from the skipper of a boat called the Mary Ann which was moored at the pier last Friday night.

The statement continued: “Thefts like this put our shop in jeopardy and may mean it will have to close which would be a real shame after all the hard work and voluntary hours that go into it.”

The National Trust for Scotland, which owns the island, said: "We were sorry to hear about this theft from the shop on Canna, which the community have worked hard to make a success.

"Thankfully, incidents like this are extremely rare and Canna is a very safe place."

Canna, located in the Inner Hebrides on the west coast of Scotland, is just 7km long and has a population of 12.