Printing shop broken into
MICHAEL McIvor could be forgiven for thinking the world has it in for him.
In less than three months his South Grafton house has been broken into twice, his car has been torched and on Sunday night his business – Valley Signs and Printing – was broken into by a thief or thieves.
The crims also broke into the home base of Fast Food 4U, Michael’s business neighbour, and stole a small amount of food.
Both businesses are located in the South Grafton Business Incubator complex, opposite the abattoir, which is protected by 2.4 metre high barbed wire fencing.
Michael is hoping some good hand and fingerprints found on a panel of glass beside his broken glass door will lead police to at least one of the culprits.
Though he didn’t lose anything valuable in the latest incident, Michael said he was fed up with the level of crime in South Grafton.
“You’ve got mobs of teenagers and adults roaming the streets at all hours of the night and early morning, they’re all high on something and they just don’t care about anyone else ... it’s getting worse,” he said.
He claimed the groups appeared to be gaining strength in numbers recently, which further added to their lack of respect for residents, property and police.
Michael, who employs four people and is father to two young children, said he was ready to call it quits on the business.
“I said to myself if they’ve taken my computer or wrecked the joint I’d just walk away,” he said.
Luckily the nuisance thieves hadn’t trashed the place, so Michael has decided to stick it out.
“You try to do the right thing and you get screwed,” he said.
Michael said he had heard of two other break-ins over the weekend, but Grafton police could not be contacted for comment.
Fast Food 4U owner Alana Brockwell said she didn’t feel safe after the break-in.