Cafe Lazumba owner Barbara Cook is picking up the pieces after thieves smashed their way into her Tweed Heads business at the weekend.
Cafe Lazumba owner Barbara Cook is picking up the pieces after thieves smashed their way into her Tweed Heads business at the weekend. John Gass

Cafe break in 'gut-wrenching'

CAFE Lazumba owner Barbara Cook has described the break and enter at her Bay St business as “gut-wrenching”.

Ms Cook said about 4.30am on Saturday somebody smashed the glass door to her Tweed Heads cafe and let themselves in. “The woman who lives above the cafe heard the noise and called the police,” Ms Cook said.

“They got under the cash register and found the button which releases the till and stole the $200 float that was in it.

“The police arrived and a forensic team inspected the cafe.”

Ms Cook said while she was relieved there was no other vandalism, her business has still been left damaged by the attack.

“It has been very upsetting. When I got the call about the break-in I jumped in my car and I was just hoping the damage would not be too bad,” Ms Cook said.

“I work more than 100 hours a week to keep my business going. I love what I do, but it is very hard work.

“I just want to stay open, but all businesses are struggling. Losing $200 is like losing $2 million at the moment.”

Ms Cook said while the damage to her door was covered by her body corporate insurance, she still faced further costs.

“The door is covered, but I now need to get a bolt on it to stop this happening again,” Ms Cook said.

“The bolt itself will cost around $200 and I just don't have the money for that right now.

“But I will need to get the bolt fitted otherwise it will be too easy for them to get back in again next time.”

Despite her hardship Ms Cook said she was trying to stay positive.

“I just keep thinking that today is another day,” Ms Cook said.

“We still opened on Saturday because we had to stay open.

“I have owned this cafe for five-and-a-half years and it will live on.”

Residents with any information regarding the break-in are urged to contact Tweed Heads police on 07 5536 0999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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