Thieves run rampant in Tweed Heads Tennis Club
TWEED Heads Tennis Club members have been counting the cost after thieves broke in and trashed the clubhouse on Monday night. Club president Doug Watterson estimated the break-in occurred between 5pm Sunday and 7am Monday. He said it appeared thieves had used bolt cutters to cut through locks, including one on a rear gate, and some sort of tool to force open doors in the clubhouse. “You should have seen it, everything was just smashed everywhere,” club treasurer Lorraine Watterson said. “All the cupboards and drawers were pulled open and there was stuff everywhere,” Mr Watterson%added. “Everything was smashed and we’ve lost all our stock. Whether they were locals or had been into the club before, we don’t know.” He said a new microwave and phone were taken, along with a number of ice creams, soft drinks and lollies and a small amount of cash. Mr Watterson said the clubhouse had been left a shambles. He said thieves broke into their filing cabinets, cupboards, drawers and fridges, leaving a trail of destruction as they went from room to room stealing whatever they could find. Also stolen were three large bins, which Mr Watterson said were most likely used by the thieves to carry all the goods. “They also tried to get into a wall safe, but they were unsuccessful,” he said. Mr Watterson said all the stock would have to be replaced, as well as the microwave, phone and damaged safe, and that the club had already paid someone to come out and replace the locks. “It is all the club members’ money,” he said. “It is all voluntary here. “I mean, you come in here and you’re trying to provide a service.” It took the Wattersons all day Monday to clean up the mess left in the clubhouse. The couple said they reported the incident to police early on Monday morning and when the police arrived, the officers said they had already been to four break-ins in the Tweed/Byron area and had another four to attend during the day. No one who was authorised to comment on the break-in was available yesterday, according to Tweed Heads police. No further details on the robbery were available from police yesterday.