Hoodlums run wild
However, the fact they left behind fingerprints could be their un- doing. Andrew reckons he'll have to spend up to $9000 to replace the stolen stock and repair the dam- age. Back on June 29, brazen intrud- ers climbed in through the roof and seized 19 iPods, worth $4000. "It just makes you feel you're beating your head against the wall," he said. "We're a local business employ- ing nine staff and what we do here goes back into the community." Across the road at Seaside Liv- ing, proprietor Lee-Ann Taylor also had unwelcome visitors. She discovered a smashed side door when she opened for business at 8.45am yesterday, but thankfully, the offenders didn't get in. "I'm angry that they do this sort of thing. What do they gain out of it?" Lee-Ann said. Graffiti, smashed bottles and strewn rubbish are other little sur- prises she's encountered in 15 months of trading there. Not even the Coffs Harbour City SES headquarters in nearby Park
Avenue escaped the spree. Local controller Bob White was putting out the garbage at 8.30am yesterday when he discovered six metres of aluminium fencing had been ripped from its founda- tions and thrown across the foot- path. "I'm very unhappy that people have so little respect for other people's property," Bob said. "This is the first trouble we've ever had, but it means yet another impost on ratepayers." A Holden Barina owner is up for $500 to fix a windscreen which van- dals smashed in Scarba Street at 1.50am yesterday. Residents heard a loud bang and ventured outside to discover the crime. Intruders also visited the Coffs Coast Advocate, scaling the rear bal- cony and trying their luck on the neighbouring Department of Housing building.