Bellingen mechanic Carl Foster is shocked that his garage was ransacked at the height of the floods last week.
Bellingen mechanic Carl Foster is shocked that his garage was ransacked at the height of the floods last week. Ute Schulenberg

Looters strike at peak of storm

AS far as low acts go, it doesn't get much worse than the ransacking of Carl Foster's garage on Friday as the rain was bucketing down and the flood was peaking.

For the first time in ages the well-known Bellingen mechanic and long-time rescuer of many a stranded motorist decided to head home for his lunch, for a change.

“There was no business in town so I left the garage at 1.15pm,” Mr Foster said.

“At 2.15pm I got a call to say there was a bloody big hole in the back door of the shed.

“They had just ripped the metal open and kicked it in.”

Mr Foster said there was a big mess in the office area and the thieves had clearly been looking for money.

“But I never leave money on the premises so they didn't find anything.

“It was such a brazen act - it was broad daylight. He said he believed the intruders must have been locals as at the time Bellingen was already cut off by floodwaters to both the east and the west.

“It's the third time so far this year - bloody unreal.”

Bellingen police are investigating the incident.

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