Craig Bemrose looks through the smashed window of his car
Craig Bemrose looks through the smashed window of his car

Vandals rob and trash six cars

RESIDENTS of Peppermint Place, South Grafton, are fed up with crime after no less than six vehicles were broken into in their street on Friday night.

One nearby resident, infuriated by the burning of his car in McFarlane Street, South Grafton, last week, called for tough action if the perpetrators were caught.

Well-known footballer and publican Xavier Sullivan had his car lock broken, but the would-be thieves didn’t get any further.

Some of Mr Sullivan’s neighbours were not so lucky.

Craig Bemrose, who works as a concreter, had both his car and his work truck broken into. Windows were smashed and his wife’s purse was stolen.

“It’s going to cost me about $600 ... I just want to thank them,” he said sarcastically.

“They scattered my briefcase everywhere ... just idiots.”

Having suffered a break-in at his pub – The Great Northern – only weeks ago, Mr Sullivan called on police to be more pro-active in their patrols of South Grafton.

“I feel sorry for the coppers, they are doing the best they can with the resources they’ve got ... they’re just stretched,” he said.

He said Friday night’s events did not alert dogs in the area, which usually warn of activity in the street.

Mr Sullivan blamed a generation out of control, parental apathy and the adoption of the American gang mentality for the recent rise in crime in the area.

“I close up at work about 9 or 10 most nights and there are groups of kids just wondering the streets – the oldest of them would be 15,” he said.



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