A shocking way to start the working week

JENNY Moppett couldn't have wished for a worse start to her working week.

The co-owner of The Scrapbook Bug had a rude shock when she arrived at 7.45am yesterday to open the Vernon Street store.

She discovered she'd been robbed.

The thieves had reefed open the back door overnight on Sunday, somehow managing to avoid triggering the alarm, and stealthily made their way to the office.

Once there they emptied several cash bags which they left strewn across the floor, and also grabbed a digital camera before fleeing the way they'd come in.

When Jenny discovered what had happened, she immediately used her mobile phone to contact police.

"The money and the camera are insured, but that's not the point," Jenny said.

"You just feel a bit violated."

The burglary comes on top of damage to the store in last Wednesday afternoon's big storm.

The office, kitchen and workshop floor were flooded when an outside drain couldn't cope with the deluge. A computer was also ruined.

Jenny and her family were at the premises on Sunday afternoon moving furniture so carpet layers could begin the repair job yesterday morning.

If you saw suspicious activity in or around Vernon Street, Coffs Harbour, between 4pm on Sunday and 7.45am yesterday, you are urged to contact Coffs Harbour Police Station on 6652 0299.



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