We Are Vertigo £15k theft a major blow, says owner Gareth Murphy
The owner of a Belfast adventure centre has described the theft of £15,000 of skiing clothing as a "major blow" to his business.
Police said at least three people broke into adventure centre We Are Vertigo at Cedarhurst Road in Castlereagh on Wednesday at around 10.15pm.
They took North Face and Dare2b branded jackets, trousers and fleeces before leaving in a white Ford Transit van with a sliding door on the passenger side.
The centre released CCTV footage of culprits. It shows them using bolt cutters on the main gates before smashing a door to gain entry and then taking large amounts of new, packaged and tagged clothing gear.
We Are Vertigo is the brainchild of husband and wife team Gareth and Lorna Murphy.
They opened the centre, which features a trampoline park, climbing wall and ski slopes as well as a spa area and restaurant in 2013.
The business has been rapidly expanding since its opening with plans for a new £5m centre announced for Dundalk.
Owner Gareth Murphy described Wednesday night's smash and grab as "devastating".
He said: “Since 2013 we have worked tirelessly to grow the business to offer family friendly skiing, trampolining and adventure experiences as well as a luxury spa facility. For thieves to break in and steal this amount of stock is devastating.
“The theft of £15,000 worth of skiing equipment and clothes including North Face and Dare 2b branded jackets, trousers and fleeces has come as a major blow to We Are Vertigo. I would appeal to anyone with any information to contact the PSNI.”
South Belfast DUP MLA Christopher Stalford MLA condemned those behind the theft.
He said "I am saddened about the theft in this well used facility. We Are Vertigo is an attraction that brings hundreds of people into the area every week. I know many people will be disappointed to hear of this attack
"I would appeal to anyone who has any information about the incident to contact the police.”