Theft from Cabarita-Pottsville Lions Club ‘heartbreaking’
CABARITA Beach Pottsville Lions Club is reeling after a thoughtless theft possibly carried out by "gypsies".
The community organisation is now calling for help from the public to get back on their feet.
President Kevin Frances said a variety of equipment was taken from container storage at Les Burger Sports Field, Cabarita between November 8 at 2.30pm and November 11 at 6.30am.
Tweed Shire Council was also targeted, with thieves making off with about $5000 of gear.
Eskies, marquees, gazebos and prizes left over from the Greenback Fishing Competition were taken from Lions, leaving the club missing vital equipment for its December 7 Christmas party.
Strangely, 600 plastic bags and soft drinks were also taken, while a barbecue with gas bottles was left behind.
"We've had the containers there for over 10 years and never had a problem," a disappointed Mr Frances said.
"It's a bit of a kick in teeth that someone would stoop so low.
"We're out there raising funds to help the community and then something like this happens."
Mr Frances said a strange theory had been put forward regarding the theft.
"Someone said to me they wouldn't be surprised if it's gypsies in the area living out in the bush," he said.
"When you spend hours and hours raising community funds it's really disappointing."
The equipment stolen was purchased with the assistance of a Federal Government grant and Mr Frances said while insurance would cover some of the cost it was a heartbreaking situation.
"It cost two of my members all day down there sorting it all out, added to all the hours they already put in," he said.
"I mean, taking all of our eskies and marquees is a bit rough with our Christmas party coming up."
Mr Frances said Tweed police had been "very helpful" and were investigating the circumstances of the theft.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
It is understood the council's stolen goods included whipper snippers and a generator.
Mr Frances asks anyone who can help the Lions Club prepare for its Christmas Party to get in touch by calling 02 6676 2060 or 0400 159 370.