Thieves wreaking havoc

By GENEVIEVE ALLPASS

TWEED police yesterday warned business owners to secure their property against thieves who are wreaking havoc across South Tweed.

At least five locations have been targeted over the last week.

Banora Point Soccer Club president Neville Robinson said the club was broken into for the second time in as many weeks on Tuesday night. The not-for-profit organisation has been left with a bill of at least $2000. Mr Robinson is particularly concerned about the PA system that was stolen, with this Sunday being the club's presentation day.

"What they (thieves) are effectively doing is stealing from every member of the club," he said.

Another Banora Point business was also broken into during the week according to Mr Robinson, but he believes many people do not report the crimes.

"Sometimes the worry and effort of the report puts people off because they think if it's kids involved then nothing can be done about it anyway," he said.

"But that just gives the kids the attitude that they can do what they want and get away with it."

Tweed Heads Police Acting Inspector Brett Greentree, however, encourages victims of break-and-enters to report the incident. The Crime Management Unit (CMU) is analysing the recent break and enters and further reports could be used to compare, for example, the method of entry, Insp Greentree said.

"The CMU will determine any common denominator, particularly the method of entry and what was stolen," he said.

"In the meantime, people should remain vigilant and ensure security is a priority."

He asked that if anybody noticed any cars or people that seemed suspicious, especially in the South Tweed area, to contact the police.



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