Coastline Realty Burnett Heads manager Len Harper surveys the damage to his business after a break and enter.
Coastline Realty Burnett Heads manager Len Harper surveys the damage to his business after a break and enter. VANESSA MARSH

Shops smashed open by thieves

BURNETT Heads resident Geoff Owens says he no longer feels safe at home after two break and enters at the Burnett Heads Shopping Complex on Wednesday night.

Mr Owens is the complex maintenance man and arrived at work at 4.30am yesterday to find a hole smashed through the door of Coastline Realty and the door of the Burnett Heads Bakery and Coffee Shop pushed off its tracks.

“It was a shock to find,” Mr Owens said.

“It makes me feel unsafe because I only live around the corner.”

Mr Owens has lived in Burnett Heads since 1974 and said he had never seen any crime in the area before.

Coastline Realty manager Len Harper was also surprised.

“We’ve been here 15 years and never seen anything like this happen,” he said.

“It’s a bit disappointing. It’s a good little community so this sort of thing is upsetting to see. You never know if it was someone who lives here in Burnett Heads or someone visiting on holidays.”

The thieves ripped a brick paver from the complex path to smash a hole through the realty door and gain access.

They stole a digital camera and petty cash from the realty and $450 from the bakery.

Mr Harper said the thieves tore apart drawers, where they found the camera, leaving the contents strewn across the floor.

“They took the camera but not the charger, which was a bit odd,” he said.

Mr Harper said the realty would look into increasing security after the crime.

“I think we will need to increase security a bit,” he said.

“We might need to put in a few more bolts on the doors.”

Bakery employee Libby Stanborough agreed with the need for more security.

“I hope the owners put in extra security measures at the shop,” she said.

Mrs Stanborough has worked at the bakery for one year and was shocked that someone would break in.

“They must of had a lot of determination to get that door off the tracks,” she said.

“It is really heavy. I just can’t believe it would happen here because there has never even been a sign of it. We don’t even get people leaving rubbish out the front of the shops at night.”

Police investigations are continuing.



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