Kick in the guts for footy club as thief grabs cash
By CRAIG McTEAR
THE kitchen chair in the bedroom was a dead giveaway for schoolteacher Mick Britton.
He'd just walked in the door after work on Tuesday when he realised someone had paid him an unwelcome visit.
A quick inspection revealed the thief had rummaged through every drawer in his house.
As president of the Sawtell-Toormina AFL Club, Mick was the custodian of the $1200 the Saints raised at a golf extravaganza the day before.
He'd stowed the cash in a cupboard drawer, but the robber found it, as well as the proceeds ($500 in all) from the club's weekly raffles he'd kept in a protein drink container.
Mick also noticed his $400 Kodak photo printer was missing from his bedside table. So too was the $600 in change he'd kept in a wine bucket to live off during his upcoming holidays.
For some reason that day, Mick didn't take his camera to school like he usually does. Unfortunately, that's gone too.
His club's entire collection of best and fairest vote cards for the season were in sealed envelopes ? they're missing as well.
"They're irreplaceable," Mick said. "Also, I keep aside collector cards to teach a few of my students how to read. Two tins full were taken.
"I've been around the world a couple of times and the bugger's taken my coin and note collection, but left behind my passport.
"I reckon this person would have been there for a good hour to an hour-and-a-half."
If you saw suspicious activity in Sawtell's Gillibri Crescent between 8am and 3.30pm on Tuesday, you are urged to contact Sawtell Police Station on 6653 1205.