Hoods run wild
By CRAIG McTEAR
ANDREW Lane's love affair with Coffs Harbour is beginning to sour. Andrew and his family left Sydney behind seven years ago for a better life, but thieves are spoiling their party. When his phone rang at 4.30am yesterday, he knew his Dick Smith Electronics outlet had again come under fire. The shop was one of several targets for rampaging hoodlums in Coffs Harbour overnight Thursday. Three youths wearing balaclavas were seen fleeing Andrew's Gordon Street premises just after 4.15am. They'd rammed a shopping trolley through a front door glass panel and once inside, forced open a display case and snatched 12 mobile phones. The bandits dashed down the back of the store and smashed another display case, grabbing three iPods which were all that remained from a break-in two weeks ago. They also ripped out a shelf lined with portable DVD players, threw it on the ground and stole a twin DVD player and accompanying screen, before fleeing out the door and down the back lane.