Business smashed

Shattered . . . Matt McDonald?s business has been hit hard by vandals. Photo: BRENDAN RAY 06022203A
Shattered . . . Matt McDonald?s business has been hit hard by vandals. Photo: BRENDAN RAY 06022203A


THE shattered glass crunching noisily under Matt McDonald's feet says it all.

The 28-year-old Coffs Harbour businessman was horrified when he turned up to work on Monday morning to discover vandals had paid him a visit.

Matt owns MD3 Windscreen Solutions in Marcia Street, where intruders caused up to $35,000 worth of damage some time between midnight on Saturday and 8am on Monday.

When he walked inside, he discovered glass everywhere and immediately contacted police.

To his dismay, he realised that all of the 185 windscreens he had in stock were destroyed with either a hammer or a bar.

To make matters worse, the hoodlums used a sharp object to scratch every panel on his work ute, and also slashed the seat and roof lining.

But it didn't end there.

His 1973 LJ Torana, which he has spent the past five years restoring (including a recent $8000 paint job) had nasty scratches on the passenger door and across the roof.

"I was pretty shocked when I saw what had happened," Matt said.

The offenders had busted the lock on a side roller door to gain entry to the premises and wreak their havoc.

A nearby resident thought he heard noises about 4am on Monday.

"This has never happened to me before," Matt said.

Unfortunately, he had to turn away three jobs on Monday, and a further two booked in yesterday to allow crime scene police to undertake their examinations in the workshop.

"The last couple of months, business has been going really well," Matt said.

If you saw suspicious activity in the area, or if you have any other information, contact Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299.

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