Bob White examines the damage from the break-in at the SES headquarters.
Bob White examines the damage from the break-in at the SES headquarters. Rob Wright

Scum thief steals SES equipment

DISBELIEF quickly turned to outrage when Coffs Harbour City SES local controller Bob White arrived at work this morning.

He discovered smashed glass on the ground at the back of the Park Avenue headquarters and an obliterated driver’s side window on one of the rescue vehicles.

Worse was to come when on closer inspection he saw a satellite navigation system had been reefed out of the truck.

“It’s shocking to think people would be so insensitive as to break into an emergency service such as ours and steal life-saving equipment,” Mr White said.

“How low can you go?

“This equipment is vital to help us look for addresses and is very helpful at night and during rains, floods and storms. It’s extremely useful to us.

“We would dearly love it back. It is marked so there is no mistaking that it’s SES property.

“Never in the whole history of the SES have we had a break-in at our premises and we’ve been there since 1980.

“Of course it’s very disturbing. The volunteers work hard to save lives and property in Coffs Harbour and for people to steal life-saving equipment from us is disgusting.

“They must have scaled the back fence and used something heavy to smash the window.

“The vehicle will now be out of action until crime scene police have had a look at it and then we will have to get it repaired.”

Mr White said the break-in must have happened some time after training wound up at the headquarters at 11.30pm yesterday and when he arrived at work at 10.30am today.

If you saw suspicious activity in the area at the time or you know who is responsible, you are urged to contact Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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