John?s fury after vandal attack
By CRAIG McTEAR
JOHN East would love to get his hands on the idiots who shattered his slumber at Boambee East.
John, his wife, Deborah, and their five children heard a loud bang outside their Linden Avenue home just before 3.30am on Saturday.
John was clad only in his underpants when he rushed out the front door to find out what had happened.
He saw glass all over the ground and discovered a side window on his family's Nissan Civilian bus had been obliterated, along with the back windscreen of their VN Holden Commodore.
The vandals had ripped out the next door neighbour's letterbox and used it on their smashing spree.
"They had a go at the back window of the bus, but it's unbreakable," John said.
"By the time I got out of bed, they were gone."
John is now up for a damage bill exceeding $400, but he's offering a $100 reward for information leading to the arrest of the culprits.
This is by no means the first time the Easts have encountered trouble in their street.
In the 19 years they've lived there, hoodlums with a letterbox fetish have visited them on no fewer than 13 occasions, forcing them to buy replacement boxes at least 10 times.
The most recent incident was six months ago when thieves ripped out their mailbox and hurled it at a car up the road.
Six other letterboxes in Linden Avenue were destroyed in the same rampage.
"If they can't rip the box out, they'll bend it until it's broken off," John said.
The Easts now refuse to have a letterbox outside their home.
Two years ago, someone fired a lead sinker through their front window, frightening their children who had been sitting in the loungeroom.
"The kids don't feel safe," John said.
If you saw suspicious activity in Linden Avenue between 3am and 3.30am on Saturday, contact Coffs Harbour Police Station on 6652 0299.