Sawtell crime spree . . . Owen Crossley (right) talks to Senior Constable Dave Mantella outside Sawtell Bait and Tackle yesterd
Sawtell crime spree . . . Owen Crossley (right) talks to Senior Constable Dave Mantella outside Sawtell Bait and Tackle yesterd



OWEN Crossley was one of several Sawtell business owners counting the cost of an early morning rampage yesterday.

The Sawtell Bait and Tackle owner was woken at 3.30am to be told security alarms were going off at his 1st Avenue premises.

He arrived to discover robbers had pulverised a glass sliding door and rifled through his empty till.

However, they fled with two spearguns and three rod and reel combinations, worth $450.

"For me, the cost is not worth putting in a claim, except for the panel, which was worth $1500," Owen said.

"It's pretty ordinary, and comes on top of all the issues out here about development -the lease I've had here for four years is in limbo because of plans to put in a new supermarket."

Down the road at Cafe Annabel, the intruders smashed a door and stole a computer monitor.

The owners of the hair salon next door, Kaboodle, were also targeted.

"They broke our door open. I got a phone call from the police at 5.15am," co-owner Narelle O'Rourke said.

"They took a cash box, and there was a mess everywhere.

"We've only been here for five months. It's very disheartening, but we're very thankful we haven't had major damage done.

"It would have cost us a fortune."

At Flowers on First, part owner Karen Busoli lost coins and jewellery after the thieves ruined her front door.

"It's just the inconvenience of it. I'll need two new timber doors," Karen said.

"Some residents saw them busting into the shops along here.

"We also had a break-in last year when they came in through the wall."

The Shimmers Cafe was also on the burglars' hit list, but they fled from there empty-handed.

Alarms shrilled at Sawtell Golf Club just before 1am yesterday, and secretary-manager Craig Wykes said the security firm and police were quick to arrive.

The intruders shattered two windows and damaged a door lock to get in, but took nothing.

"That's our fourth break-in in three months," Mr Wykes said.

Police are also investigating attempts to steal a VL Commodore from Sawtell's Dirrigeree Crescent and a VN Commodore from Wirrabilla Drive at Toormina, also overnight on Monday.

If you can help with the investigation, contact Sawtell police on 6653 1205.

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