Brett Pilon looks over the damage to XS Surf.
Brett Pilon looks over the damage to XS Surf. TREVOR VEALE

Spate of break ins

THEY had no time to waste as they sprinted off with their arms full of expensive surf watches.

Three thieves armed with a crowbar triggered an alarm when they burst into Woolgoolga’s XS Surf about 4am yesterday.

They moved quickly, smashing a display cabinet and grabbing 20 top-brand watches before fleeing under the cover of darkness.

Store owner Brett Pilon now has to fork out $4000 to repair the damage and replace his stolen merchandise.

“We have been here for six years and this is the fourth time we have been broken into,” Mr Pilon said

“We’re feeling pissed off, it is so frustrating and you feel like it is a violation when you are trying to earn a living and they do that to you.”

He had rushed back from the Gold Coast when he took the phone call about the robbery and he and his staff spent the morning trying to sort out the shop and clean up the broken glass.

Mr Pilon has progressively bolstered security in the wake of those other break-ins but he is now considering the drastic step of putting up bars.


THE Woolgoolga raid has capped off a bad week for Coffs Coast business owners.

As we reported on Thursday, three firms at the Coffs Harbour International Marina along with the Sawtell Newsagency were all hit overnight on Tuesday.

At Spirit Cruises the offenders busted open the back door and tried to smash open the storeroom safe with large rocks from the nearby breakwall.

When they were foiled they grabbed cash from the register, leaving behind an estimated $4000 damage bill.

They then kicked their way into the Harbourside Chandlery next door, triggering an alarm at 12.50am. They pulled out drawers looking for money and took a small amount of cash.

Around the corner at The Galley, staff discovered their door had been jemmied and the place ransacked but the culprits couldn’t find any cash.

About two hours earlier the Sawtell Newsagency had been targeted. The hoodlums kicked down the back door but fled empty-handed.

The Coffs/Clarence Target Action Group is examining evidence taken from the crime scenes and has renewed its appeal for people with information to come forward.

They can be contacted at Coffs Harbour Police Station on 6652 0299.

The Advocate also reported this week break-ins at Pet Stock in Walter Morris Close in Coffs Harbour, the Park Beach Holiday Park office and the Exhibition Hall at the Coffs Harbour Showground.

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