Just like Sydney: raiders frustrate Alan

By BIANCA CLARE

ALAN Muirhead left the big smoke to escape the crime.

But the owner of Woolgoolga's Top Town Supermarket hasn't had much luck.

Since he and his wife Carol moved to the Coffs Coast from Sydney 12 months ago, thieves have twice targeted their River Street business.

Last year they smashed a glass window to enter the premises and stole the charity tin from the front counter.

And early yesterday, ram raiders drove their vehicle through the glass double front doors, causing an estimated $1000 in damage.

"This morning I got a phone call from our cleaner telling me that I had better come down to the shop," Mr Muirhead said.

"When I arrived I discovered the glass in the left-hand door was shattered, the security grill was pushed in and one of the doors was almost broken from its hinges."

Luckily the thieves triggered an alarm on entry and were forced to flee empty-handed.

Security guards alerted police, who attended the scene.

Mr Muirhead thinks the would-be thieves must have been interested in the ATM machine inside.

"But there's no cash left in it overnight anyway," he said.

Mr Muirhead said he would be disappointed if locals were to blame. "The people in Woolgoolga have been fantastic to us."

n If you know anything about the incident, contact Woolgoolga police on 6654 1244 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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