Vandals a danger to themselves
By CRAIG McTEAR
GARRY Stein fears vandals who are running rampant at his earthworks site are going to hurt themselves.
The JK Williams Contracting supervisor is probably more concerned about this than the trail of destruction the culprits are leaving behind.
For the fifth time in four months, hoodlums have targeted equipment owned by the firm, which is preparing the hill north of Coffs Harbour's Mastracolas Road for the construction of The Summit apartments.
The vandalism has been so bad that workers were forced to take all heavy machinery off-site for the Easter long weekend.
"They've only got to slip into one of these steep cuts and they're going to get injured. They're a danger to themselves being out here," Garry said.
Particularly if they're trespassing under the cover of darkness, like they did on Tuesday night.
Going by the bullet holes, Garry reckons intruders used a slug gun to take pot shots at a grader and two excavators.
All 10 windows and lights on the grader were shattered, and both front windows on one excavator copped it.
The culprits tore a steel guard off the door of another excavator to break in and smash the lower window.
"When I got the early morning phone call, I thought 'not again'," Garry said. "It's reached the stage that it really didn't surprise me, but I didn't think anyone would be like that here."
Taking into account the extent of the damage, and the resulting downtime yesterday, Garry's company has just lost up to $15,000.