Tiny island off Scotland has first report of theft in over 50 years. Police on the lookout for woolen hats

Published On June 18, 2015 | By Keri | Middays

The tiny Scottish island of Canna is reeling after an unlikely crime.

Actually on the 5 mile long island, crime of ANY type, is unlikely.

On Friday night, thieves made off with 6 wool hats, chocolate bars, coffee, biscuits and batteries.

The items stolen were inside the island’s community shop which is run on a voluntary basis using an honesty box for customers who stop by when the shop isn’t open.

The manager of the shop, Julie McCabe, is very upset since she put many hours of effort into making the unique hand-knitted Canna wool hats that were stolen.

Now, before you start snickering, this is big news for the little community just 30 miles from Scotland’s mainland.

Crime on Canna is so uncommon that there hasn’t been a theft reported since the 60’s.  At that time, a wooden plate was pinched.

The store is usually left unlocked in order to allow fisherman to use the Wi-Fi or to purchase any items while they rested overnight at the pier.

But that may change now that ‘the crime of the century” has occurred on the tiny isle.

A spokeswoman for the Canna Community Trust, which runs the store says “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.”

Another resident – one of only 12 – said that they were “overwhelmed by the generosity and support of people from all over the world, who’ve offered donations and offered money. We’ve had calls from Australia and America — it’s incredible. The police were here; they’re doing their investigation, and we’re hoping we’ll get somewhere,” he said. “We just want to get the hats back.”

More HERE including pictures of the missing hats

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