Petty cash thieves hit eight shops
THE feeling of disappointment has once again been experienced by Grafton businessmen after eight Prince Street businesses were broken into over the weekend.
The Prince Street business owners arrived at work on Monday morning to discover windows smashed, property destroyed and cash taken.
The businesses, all within two blocks of each other, include Le Hair-itage Salon, T and S Classic Trophies and Engraving, Fish Scales and Furry Tails pet shop, Take 5 Coffee Lounge, Wykes Tyres, a local antique dealer, a naturopath and an accountant.
All businesses reported forced entry and damage to property, while some reported stolen cash to police.
Senior Constable Adam Brown said the cases were under investigation.
“Police are following a number of positive leads and these will hopefully result in offenders being charged,” Sen Constable Brown said.
“As no property was stolen it appears the primary motive for the break and enters was to obtain cash,” he said.
Terry Brien, of T and S Trophies, said he was security conscious and does not keep cash on premises.
“They smashed the glass panel in the front door, but left empty handed, as we don't keep a float or any money at the shop,” Terry said.
Owner of Fish Scales and Furry Tails Pat Keener said the thieves had forced entry through a back roller-door.
“A fair amount of damage was caused externally and a filing cabinet was destroyed,” Pat said.
“They also had a feed of some chocolates while they were looking for cash,” Pat said.
The offenders entered Take 5 Coffee Lounge through an exhaust fan in the ceiling, according to owner Cheryl Wray.
“They have gotten into the roof and knocked out lights and our exhaust fan just to get their hands on a few tips that my waitresses earned,” Cheryl said.
Trevor Coleman, of Wykes Tyres, reported forced entry, and was thankful for the alarm system.
“They forced the roller-door open and caused about $2000 worth of damage. But when they heard the alarm they took flight.”
Police are urging anyone who may have noticed suspicious behaviour in the Prince Street area over the weekend to come forward.