DETERMINED owners of a Bury St Edmunds snooker club are hoping burglars give them a break after being hit by the fourth raid in only three months.
Thieves forced open a door at the Lucky Break club in the early hours of Monday and, just like before, stole cash by smashing vending machines at the popular Tayfen Road centre.
Manager Dee Bird told the Bury Free Press: “It does get you down when we are trying so hard.
“You have just got to keep going.”
Now police are seeking assistance from the public to help them catch the burglars, who got in at around 2.25am on Monday.
They have already made house-to-house inquiries, not far from the town’s railway station, and are planning to study any CCTV images from around the area.
The Lucky Break club has been running for 25 years and has never closed, either for Christmas Day or other key times.
It has six snooker tables and American pool and other pool tables.
But it has live music on Saturday nights too, which are popular with the 120-plus members.
It had been a typically busy weekend with the music as well as the men’s Wimbledon final and world heavyweight boxing being shown live on TV.
Mrs Bird said that members had been very supportive since news got out that the club had again been the subject of a break-in.
She said: “They are just shocked that we have been targeted so many times.
“It is perhaps a sign of the times but they think we deserve a break now.”
Since the latest raid, security measures have been increased at the premises.
Mrs Bird became manager two years ago when the business was taken over by her son Danny, who is its owner.
Any calls from the public in relation to the break-in should be made to Pc Peter French on 01284 774100 or in confidence to Crime stoppers on 0800 555111, where a reward might be available.