Ram-raid adds to sports club woes
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL
POLICE are searching for thieves with clean driveways and the smell of hot chips wafting from their kitchen after a bizarre ram-raid incident at the Goonellabah Sports Club yesterday. The club was robbed at 1.41am after a stolen 1990 Holden Commodore was driven through its front automatic glass doors. The thieves took an unknown amount of money from the club, plus a Stihl leaf blower and two buckets of potatoes that were in the car. Lismore Crime Prevention officer Snr Const Michael Hogan said the club's damage bill would be more than $40,000. He said the car completely smashed the front doors then drove into the foyer, leaving tyre marks on the carpet. The vehicle also crashed into an automatic teller machine which was mounted on an internal wall of the club. Snr Const Hogan said a quantity of cash was stolen from inside the ATM but no one was sure of how much. He also said he could not remember any other ram-raid incidents taking place in the Richmond Local Area Command during his time as a police officer. The car used in the raid was later recovered from Callune Terrace in Goonellabah. The vehicle was extensively damaged but still driveable. The Stihl leaf blower, worth $500, and the buckets of potatoes were taken from the boot of the vehicle. Club staff were yesterday unable to comment on the raid because the RSL had gone into liquidation and receivership by Port Macquarie company Simspartners. A Simspartners spokesman refused to comment on the incident other than to say that an insurance claim was being completed yesterday afternoon.