Stealing a safe appears to be thirsty work
By ADAM HICKS
FOUR empty Coke cans littered the crime scene at Eric Box Mitsubishi in Casino.
Sometime after 9.30pm Monday, someone broke into the Johnson Street business and somehow lifted a 750kg cast iron safe.
It was a thirsty night of thieving.
An unknown number of people broke into the workshop behind the Mitsubishi dealership.
Dealership owner Eric Box said he arrived on Tuesday morning and found old exhaust pipes from the yard chocked against the outside wall as a makeshift ladder to a two-metre high window.
He said a hole was smashed for a hand to trip the lock and let a person through.
Seeking money and valuables the thieves ransacked offices and pinched cash from two charity boxes. Then they discovered the safe the size of a small fridge.
The safe containing Eric and Margaret Box's marriage certificate and business papers.
Mr Box said he had originally used a forklift to move the safe in.
The thieves had used his gardening trailer to move it out.
They unloaded one ride-on mower (but kept the other), a push mower and a whipper snipper and attached the box trailer to a Mitsubishi Pajero 4WD.
However Margaret Box said it was a mystery how they loaded it.
"It was this monstrous, heavy brown thing. I wouldn't even like to guess how they got it in," she said.
"You can see where they dragged it."
Scratches gouged into the concrete floor left a 10m trail.
They also stole four cans of Coke from the fridge and drank them before they left, careful to use gloves from the tow truck to avoid leaving fingerprints.
Mrs Box said she was hurt by the rudeness of the attack.
"They've got no concept of what they've done. They wanted money and emotions didn't come into it. I wonder if they realised we work hard six days a week," she said.
Mr Box, who is well known for his contribution to emergency services in Casino, said he was upset by the break-in.
"For people to come in and deliberately do this to you, it's a re- al kick in the guts," he said.
The Pajero was found on Tuesday afternoon in East Street.
Casino police are urging anyone with information about the robbery or who saw the car involved in the incident to contact them on 6662 0099, or Crime Stop- pers on 1800 333 000.