RSL gutted by charity fund theft

ISIS RSL members are outraged after thieves broke into the Churchill St establishment and stole money that was to be donated to charity.

Bundaberg police Detective Acting Sergeant David May said the thieves used sophisticated means to enter the RSL and steal the undisclosed sum on Sunday night.

There was no evidence of a break-in and police believe the intruder may have had knowledge of the premises.

Det Acting Sgt May said police were analysing security footage from the RSL, but said the cameras were facing the wrong direction.

"We're looking at a number of different angles so we're still trying to retrieve information from them," he said.

Det Acting Sgt May said the money was not secured or locked up and he stressed the importance of making sure local businesses were secure.

"It's paramount you secure your cash, because if people know that cash is not readily accessible or easily found, they won't target your business," he said.

Isis RSL president Warren Young said club members were "completely devastated" about the theft.

"No one feels really good around here," he said. "You don't get too many smiling faces, especially after what we've gone through to get it."

Mr Young said the loss would be a huge setback for the community club.

"That money goes towards paying our bills, buying food and beer and stuff for the kitchen," he said.

"It's our working money.

"It's putting us in a bad spot."

A portion of the money stolen was also to be donated to Legacy and for prostate cancer research, after the RSL's "mo' off", at which several members shaved their heads and facial hair to raise money.

One such member was Peter Macauley, who was furious when he found out about the break-in.

"Firstly I was shocked, but ultimately I was disgusted about it," Mr Macauley said.



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