POSSIBLE WITNESSES: While the men pictured are not considered suspects, police say they were at Ballina Central Shopping Centre
POSSIBLE WITNESSES: While the men pictured are not considered suspects, police say they were at Ballina Central Shopping Centre

This pair may have seen vandals who trashed Ballina Central

By BRIAN BIGG news@northernstar.com.au BALLINA police say the two young men in the accompanying image may be able to help them find out who attacked and extensively damaged shops at the Ballina Central Shopping Centre last month.

The still frame was taken from a security camera tape at the shopping centre on the night of the attack, July 29, about 9.40pm.

Shop owner Shane Wehner told The Northern Star at the time he expected the odd broken window, but the rampage of vandalism that night had left him bewildered.

"I have owned other shops before, but I have never experienced vandalism like this," Mr Wehner, owner of Off The Wall surf shop said the next day.

During the rampage, 31 laminated glass panels were shattered adding up to an estimated replacement cost of $18,000.

Police believe the vandals used the nozzle of an emergency fire hose to smash glass panels in five neighbouring stores.

Businesses targeted included Starbucks Coffee, a newly fitted-out kebab shop owned by Sunshine Kebabs, and the Off The Wall surf shop.

Ballina Central management has declined to comment on the attack but it did provide the security camera footage to police.

Police are urging the public to come forward with any information relating to the identity and whereabouts of the two young men depicted in the image.

Police say they are not considered suspects but they believe the two men might be able to assist police with their inquiries into the identity of the vandals.

Contact Ballina Police on 6681 8699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 with any relevant information.



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