CRIME CHECK: Yamba Ambulance Station manager Alan Smith, left, watches as officer Richard Szlicht dusts for prints.
CRIME CHECK: Yamba Ambulance Station manager Alan Smith, left, watches as officer Richard Szlicht dusts for prints.

Break-in is apalling say Clarence ambos

Break-in is appalling,

say Clarence ambosBy EMMA CORNFORD

YAMBA ambulance officers have been left with a broken window and a uniform short after their station was robbed early on Wednesday morning.

Station manager Alan Smith said officers were shocked and disappointed that someone would break into the station to steal from people who were there to help the community.

"The way I see it, ambo stations and fire stations are the good guys and we don't need to be treated in this way," Mr Smith said.

"The ratbags are out there and they just don't care who they rob but ... it's disgusting and we hope the community is just as disgusted as we are."

The ambulance station has been operational since May last year and had not been broken into before.

Mr Smith said whoever had robbed the station smashed a window at around 2am to gain access.

"What we think is that there were definitely more than one of them inside and we think another one stayed outside to warn them when the police were coming."

He said although the resident officer was at the station when the break-in occurred, she was at the other end of the building.

"She heard people in the building and so she called police, so they seem to have been disturbed before anything of value was stolen," he said.

"It was fortunate this time that no lifesaving equipment was damaged or stolen (but) you really don't know what they were after.

"I mean there's computers and TVs and videos and medical drugs -? it could have been anything."

Mr Smith said he hoped the vast majority of wonderful Yamba citizens would be able to help the police with their enquiries and asked that anyone with information go to police.



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