Vandals spoil departure
By LEONIE BRANN
AFTER her car was vandalised twice in five days, Belinda Egan is relieved to be leaving the Northern Rivers.
The Goonellabah resident faces a repair bill of hundreds of dollars to fix her trusty 1983 Mazda 929.
Belinda is the latest victim of a crime spree that has prompted a police crackdown from Richmond Local Area Commander, Superintendent Bruce Lyon.
"I'm going home (to Orange) to save so I can study again next year. I was meant to leave this morning," the Southern Cross University graduate said on Tuesday. "I really don't want to hold this as my last memory of the Northern Rivers."
Lismore police say thieves tried to steal the hatchback from the Invercauld Road property some time between 10pm last Thursday and Friday morning, causing damage to the driver's side door lock and the steering column.
Early Tuesday morning, vandals threw a rock at the rear driver's side quarterpanel window, shattering the glass.
On Tuesday morning, police walked the beat around the Goonellabah Village Shopping Centre, following a door-knock by police of residents in sub- urb on Monday.