HOODED yobs stole a box of chocolate eggs and fizzy drinks before smearing them over parked cars and using them as missiles to smash a house window.
The two vandals went on the rampage in the centre of Tarporley at about 3.30am on Tuesday, June 5.
They stole the confectionery from The Old Fire Station Chocolate Shop in High Street before wreaking havoc in the area, including smashing a living room window in Park Road.
Disgusted shop owner Charles Hardy described the vandalism as ‘mindless’ and said it took the shine off the village’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
“We’re simply not used to this sort of behaviour in Tarporley,” he said.
“You start wondering whether you have to start putting shutters up.”
Mr Hardy added: “As a village, we’d had such a fantastic Jubilee weekend. The village had been at its best.
“It sort of takes the edge off it when you get something as mindless as this happening.
“I just hope at some stage the perpetrators feel some shame.”
Park Road resident Joanne Combey was asleep along with her husband and two teenage children when the 1870s glass window at the front of their home was smashed by the vandals.
She says replacing the window has cost her ‘hundreds of pounds’ and is keen for any witnesses to contact the police so the offenders can be brought to justice.
“I’m frustrated and irritated, it’s not a nice thing to happen,” said Mrs Combey, who runs Molly Mop Cleaning in High Street.
“I was one of the unlucky ones who had large windows close to the road.
“The police have got the cardboard box. My hope is they can get finger prints and identify who it was. I really wish they’d get caught.”
Inspector Keith Curbishley urged anyone with information to come forward and call Cheshire police on 101.
He said: “Enquiries are ongoing at this time and any additional information that could be helpful in the investigation would be appreciated.”