Editorial - August 19: Community helps catch the crook
THE thing about small towns is everyone knows everyone's business, word spreads fast, there's no place for crooks and the whole community pulls together when someone is dealt an unfair blow.
Just ask Sydney band Lepers & Crooks, who relied on community support to solve the great mystery of who broke into their van and stole $15,000 in musical equipment.
Waking in a haze after a big post-gig party, the band members said they were struck in a 'Hangover' movie type scenario of having to retrace their steps from the night prior to work out how the tour would continue.
This is where the community of Bellingen came to the rescue, helping the musos with information to pin-point the culprit and persuade him to do the right thing.
With no questions asked, they got their happy ending when the equipment was dropped off at the police station, seeing the band on their way to their next gig at the weekend.
A great ending to a classical "on the road" story that's captured the band a great deal of publicity.
From a local perspective, it reflects the honesty, community support and willingness to help a stranger in need that makes the story worth telling. Thumbs up to that sense of community.