Kiosk owner disappointed by break-in
Driftwood Cafe and Kiosk owner Peter Jacobi said everyone had assumed Elliott Heads was safe and it was disappointing a single-lock door wasn't enough to keep the kiosk secure.
The kiosk - which has been open for less than a week - was broken into on Wednesday night.
"We'd left about $90 in coins in the till so they got that and they must have been thirsty because they took six flavoured milks as well," he said.
"It's a bit scary to think what could have happened if we came into work while they were still inside."
Mr Jacobi said residents told them power went off in the area between 1.30-2am overnight Tuesday and the alarms were heard shortly after, but residents assumed it was due to the power failure.
"It went unnoticed until road workers saw it about 6am and contacted police," he said.
"It delayed our start for the morning because police were inside investigating."
Mr Jacobi said police had also recommended they put in security cameras, something they were considering, and a new deadlocked door had already replaced the previous door.
"We've now got deadlocks on all the doors. People don't realise how much this sort of thing costs us and the council," he said.
But the community has rallied behind the new owners and Mr Jacobi said they now had their own neighbourhood watch looking out for the business.
"A few of the local residents have our mobile numbers now so they can call us straight away if they hear the alarms in the future," he said.
Mr Jacobi said while it was a setback, the support so far had been wonderful and he was looking forward to a huge family fun day for the official opening on October 5.
Bargara Sergeant Matt Steinhardt said police attended the scene and found the door (pictured) was hit so hard the lock had given way. He said investigations were continuing and anyone with information could call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.