Break-ins hit Coffs
By CRAIG McTEAR
DAVID Ford knew the early-morning phone call probably meant there was trouble at his store.
The security company contacted David, who owns Coffs Computing Services on the Pacific Highway, at 3am yesterday to tell him intruders had smashed open his front door.
David arrived shortly after to discover the offenders had hurled a boulder through the door, rushed to the back of the shop and used another large rock to bust open a display cabinet.
They took all 60 of his Apple iPods, worth up to $15,000, but thankfully, each one has a serial number and is traceable.
The business also has security alarms and cameras, which could prove handy in such a situation.
"The culprits had obviously been in the store before. They knew what they were doing, and knew what they wanted," David said.
"I'm gutted. With a small business in Coffs Harbour, you put all of your hard work into making a go of it."
He has urged anyone who may have suspicions about someone trying to sell them iPods to contact Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299, or CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.
In the four years David has had the business, this is the second time he's fallen victim to thieves.
On the first occasion, bandits made off with six computers.
The nearby Fishing Tackle Australia store had unwelcome visitors early on Saturday.
About 12.15am, they cut down a large advertising sign before fleeing from the area.
Management is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the prosecution of the offenders.
n Morrison's Electrical next to HomeBase was another firm to be hit by thieves.
About 4am on Sunday, intruders activated alarms after breaking in and stealing up to 25 digital cameras and another 20 MP3 players. The merchandise is worth up to $15,000. If you saw suspicious activity in the area at the time, contact Coffs Harbour police.