Publican, 83, stands guard after ram raid


STATION Hotel owner Doug Hogan armed himself with a cricket stump to guard his South Lismore bottle shop from ram raiders yesterday morning.

Thieves crashed through a roller door to steal alcohol around 12.30am.

Fearing that they would return, the 83-year-old Mr Hogan stood guard until dawn.

It was the second Lismore hotel to be hit this week following a ram raid on the Northern Rivers Hotel on Thursday where thieves stole alcohol worth $1200.

In yesterday's attack the unknown thieves smashed a Holden Commodore through a pressed steel door in the bottle shop's drive-through.

The attack ripped one metre of steel from the bottom of the roller shutter and the store was left wide open.

The thieves were gone in less than a minute, but if they'd come back their get away might not have been so clean.

"I sat here armed with a cricket stump all night ... in case someone wanted to come back," Mr Hogan said.

"I couldn't leave the place open. Anybody could walk in."

Hotel manager Jeff Walsh, who has lived above the hotel for 25 years, said he was woken by the alarm and found liquor bottles scattered in and around a bed sheet.

Mr Walsh said the thieves escaped with one sheet full of cheap spirits while a second sheet was dropped after an altercation with a stack of Johnnie Walker and Cola cans.

He said it was too early to estimate how much was taken, but noted the thieves targeted Bundaberg rum.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lismore police on 66 231 599.

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