AN ESTIMATED €100,000 worth of damage was caused to a Lidl outlet in a bizarre incident.
The outlet of the German discount retailer at Ballincollig, Co Cork, was targeted by a man armed with a hammer in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Having smashed his way through the front door, the man then proceeded to wreck sections of the store including the drinks and food displays.
A man, in his late 20s, was arrested and is currently being questioned at Gurranabraher Garda Station.
He is expected to appear before the District Court.
The break-in occurred between 11.30pm on Sunday night and 1am yesterday.
Repairs to the store began immediately and the outlet was fully repaired and operational last night.
Gardai confirmed that significant damage was caused to the outlet but declined to speculate on the cost of repairs.
Detectives are now checking CCTV footage to clarify elements of the store attack.
However, locals indicated that the repairs and loss of stock could run to between €50,000 and €100,000.
A significant quantity of Christmas stock was destroyed in the incident.
Damage was cause to both fittings and refrigeration equipment.
A quantity of fresh food had to be dumped amid fears that it could have been contaminated by flying glass from the attack. Repairs began immediately at the outlet. The Ballincollig outlet is one of the busiest operated by Lidl in the south-west.