FRUSTRATED: Grafton Automotive co-owner Michael Corbett inspects the damage caused by rocks and bricks on Thursday night.
FRUSTRATED: Grafton Automotive co-owner Michael Corbett inspects the damage caused by rocks and bricks on Thursday night.

Rock throwers strike twice

MICHAEL Corbett doesn’t want his business covered in protective bars but he is starting to run out of alternatives.

The Grafton Automotive co-owner was alerted late on Thursday night that two of the windows at his used car business at the corner of Villiers and Pound streets had been attacked by vandals or would-be thieves.

Rocks and bricks had been thrown through the window, damaging cars inside the business in the process.

It was the second such incident at the business in the past six months and Michael is frustrated at the inconvenience resulting from the attacks.

“They tried to throw a brick through the window but it was toughened glass so it didn’t shatter,” he said.

“I suspect they were trying to break in and might have been disturbed while in the act.

“I was called by the security firm and it meant I had to send one of the staff out to screw up some boards to make the business secure.”

Michael doesn’t know who carried out the attack or if it was the same people who broke his window six months ago but he suspects it is vandalism by young people with nothing better to do and looking for a quick thrill.

“To get the rocks they used they had to walk around part of the building and climb down, so they went to some effort,” he said.

“The next step might be to put up mesh or bars behind to make sure if the windows are broken they can’t get in.

“I don’t really want the place looking like a fortress but I mightn’t have much of an alternative.

“While we’re covered by insurance, you have to pay excess of $400 every time something like this happens and then your premiums go up, which means our customers will eventually end up paying for these senseless acts.”



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