Coffs United club robbed
THE Coffs City United Football Club will be forced to beef up security at McLean Street Oval following a daring robbery this week.
A groundsman discovered a shipping container used as a storage facility had been forced open overnight on Wednesday and he immediately contacted officials.
“The locks were missing off the container and we found a lock and a couple of broken shackles out on the field,” the club’s registrar, Noel Goodworth told the Advocate.
“We’d had a committee meeting in the canteen on Wednesday night and everything was okay when we left at 8.30pm.”
Mr Goodworth discovered as many as 12 backpacks, which were leftover prizes from the summer competition, were missing.
“They made a bit of a mess hunting through boxes and bags for whatever they could find,” he said.
The container was only recently installed at the sportsground to give the club more storage space for its equipment including nets, training balls, pop-up goals, drink bottles, aluminium benches and PA system.
“We’ve had lots of break-ins at the canteen over the years and they seem to happen as soon as you stock the canteen for the winter season. This latest incident means we will be installing alarms on the container,” Mr Goodworth said.
“The break-in is very frustrating and an inconvenience and puts stress on the people trying to run the club.
“It’s something you can do without. We are all volunteers and we do this stuff for the kids.
“It’s just annoying. You see the lengths they go to break in and you think it would be easier to get a job than to do this.”
The raid follows a robbery at the Coffs Harbour war memorial pool overnight on Tuesday when thieves carted off tools and equipment worth $18,000.
If you saw suspicious activity at McLean Street Oval between 8.30pm on Wednesday and 3pm on Thursday, contact Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299.