South Grafton businesses targeted by thieves
THIEVES looking for cash broke into and ransacked five South Grafton businesses on Wednesday night, stealing small amounts of money.
According to Grafton Police the break and enters occurred between 8.30pm on Wednesday night and 5am on Thursday morning.
Three businesses in an arcade of shops on Armidale Street, and two on Iolanthe Street were targeted.
To gain access to the Armidale Street shops it appeared bolt-cutters were used to pull out the housing of the padlocks.
"All they took was the Westpac Rescue Helicopter donation tin," GI Take Away owner Sharon Lentfer said.
"It's a sign of the times, I've had this business for nine months and been broken into twice while the past owners were broken into twice in 16 years."
One of the owners of the Sundown Bakery, Simone Ford, is disappointed it happened but admits it could have been worse.
"They took a bit of money but nothing was damaged; they opened drawers and wrecked the buzzer," she said.
An attempted break-in was made at the Disco Marine boat store on Iolanthe Street, which is in the middle of relocating to North Street in Grafton.
Business owner Neil Disson wasn't fazed about the incident as he believed the alarm, which was triggered, prevented entry to the building.
"Break-ins are a fact of life," he said.