The clean-up begins . . . Mac Coutts-Smith had a big job on his hands removing graffiti at Fishing Tackle Australia yesterday.
The clean-up begins . . . Mac Coutts-Smith had a big job on his hands removing graffiti at Fishing Tackle Australia yesterday.

Reg offers $1000 reward

By CRAIG McTEAR

REG Coutts-Smith hates vandalism.

Like the type which reared its ugly head at his Coffs Harbour business, Fishing Tackle Australia, overnight on Thursday.

Louts spray-painted graffiti over the walls outside the front of the store on the Pacific Highway. Staff discovered the mess when they turned up for work yesterday morning.

Reg figures he'll be up for a few hundred dollars to restore the wall to its former glory.

"I'm going to have to get a painter in to paint it," Reg said. "It's just annoying, but I'll live with this.

"It's an inconvenience, but those responsible are the sorts of people who steal from people and who hurt others.

"There's vandalism all up and down this street, and I can't stand it. It makes the town look ugly."

Only a few weeks ago, thieves made off with a large advertising sign, worth $600, which had been fixed outside the front of the building.

It had the words Shakespeare Ugly Stik Sale written on both sides.

Security camera footage recorded three young people ? a male and two females ? taking down the sign, and a white car was parked on the street at the time.

Reg is so angry he's offering a $1000 reward for information leading to the prosecution of the culprits involved in both crimes.

"People wrecking things and petty theft ? they're the biggest expense I've had in business." If you know anything about these incidents, you are urged to contact Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299.



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