The only shop on a tiny Scottish island has been robbed, reportedly marking the initial crime in decades in the archipelago.
Situated off the west coast of Scotland, the 4.3 miles lengthy and .9 miles wide Isle of Canna has a population of about 20 men and women.
The doors of the sole community shop are left open [overnight], “specifically to welcome fisherman in, to use Wi-Fi and purchase anything they needed although resting in at our pier overnight,” a conservation initiative named the Isle of Canna Neighborhood Development Trust said in a written statement.
Operating on an “honesty basis,” shoppers are asked to leave cash in a box following purchasing products.
More than the weekend, even so, volunteers running the shop found that the shelves had been cleared on Friday.
“A quantity of things were reported as stolen, consisting of hand-knitted woolen hats, confectionery and toiletries,” police told ABC News in a statement.
Police could not straight away confirm media reports saying this was the initial crime in the Island’s history.
The Island was gifted to the National Trust of Scotland in 1981 by Celtic scholar and conservationist John Lorne Campbell and his wife Margaret Fay Shaw.
In a statement to ABC News, the National Trust of Scotland mentioned such incidents have been “exceptionally uncommon” and that Canna “is a very safe place.”
Explaining the value of the honesty basis program, staffers from the shop have expressed issues about the future of their company.
“With such a little community, this is the only way our shop can be viably run to give a useful service to locals and guests,” the Isle of Canna Neighborhood Development Trust statement stated. “Thefts like this put our shop in jeopardy and might imply it will have to close which would be a genuine shame immediately after all the challenging operate and voluntary hours that go into it.
“Sadly, this means we will have to lock the door the shop overnight now.”