Not-so-friendly burglars steal Sawtell club?s TV
By CRAIG McTEAR
THE normally happy patrons at Sawtell Bowling Club have had to digest some bad news lately.
Two masked bandits smashed their way into the club last Thursday morning and took only a few moments to cart off a new $2700 television from the sports lounge.
Members had only two weeks or so to enjoy the 106cm Conia widescreen plasma TV ? management had bought it just in time for State of Origin Two.
It replaced the second-hand television which had been at the club for six or seven years.
The club's security footage shows the robbers hurling concrete blocks through glass doors. A security guard patrolling the grounds at 1.30am heard a smashing noise, then the alarm, but the intruders snuck off without being seen.
They left behind an $800 damage bill.
Club secretary-manager Dawn Grebert says the thieves knew what they were doing, and had probably spent the preceding days in the club researching the heist.
Dawn jumped out of bed and rushed down to the club when security alerted her to the intrusion.
"I felt the same as most people do when these sorts of things happen. You've got to come down and clean up," she said.
"I've been here for six years and this is the first time anything has been stolen other than alcohol."
Club management boosted security in the wake of a break-in on June 10 when offenders forced their way in and stole grog. That crime mirrored another back in November last year.
Club chairman Shane Podesta said the latest incident was a disappointment for the tight-knit membership.
"We're widely known as a friendly club, and the members see it as an attack on what we do here," he said.
n If you saw suspicious activity in and around the Sawtell Bowling Club grounds last week, you are urged to contact Sawtell police on 6653 1205.