Police appeal for help in funeral home roof theft

Crosbie & Mathew, Glenrothes
Crosbie & Mathew, Glenrothes

FIFE Constabulary is appealing for witnesses following the theft of lead flashing from the roof of Crosbie Matthew Funeral Directors in Glenrothes town centre, reports KEVIN QUINN.

Last week the Gazette reported how window cleaners alerted staff at the Church Street funeral home to the robbery of 50 metres of the material on 2 June.

It was unclear however, exactly when thieves stole the lead, because, as Funeral Director Mark Daly said last week of the “callous” theft from their roof: “You don’t look up there.”

The window cleaners only attend Crosbie Matthew once a month so police are working on the probability that the lead could have been taken anytime between 1 May and 2 June.

Constable David Armstrong, who is leading the enquiry, appealed for information.

He said: “Approximately 50 metres of lead flashing was taken from the roof of Crosbie Matthews on Church Street in Glenrothes, between the start of May and the second of June.

“The amount of lead taken would suggest that considerable time was taken to carry out this theft and it is also likely that a vehicle was used or involved.

“Anyone who has information regarding this crime is asked to contact Fife Constabulary directly on 0845 600 5702 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Meanwhile, tough new measures to crack down on this growing problem of metal theft were announced by Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill last week.

Licensing regulations will now hit dealers trading in metal worth £1 million or less.