Vandals target shop windows
By DAVE KIRKPATRICK
IT WOULD be an understatement to say Lismore jeweller Bob Argent is 'irate' about a recent spate of vandalism that has left his shop, and dozens of others, in the CBD with windows damaged to the tune of about $100,000.
Mr Argent arrived at work last week to find his Diamonds Plus shop with scratches along its dual street frontages on the corner of Woodlark and Molesworth streets.
It's the fourth time in three years vandals have attacked his shop, and he's thoroughly sick of it.
"All the glass was brand spanking new in July last year, and some retard has gone along all these windows with a diamond ring or glass cutter and just had a field% day.
Why, it beggars belief,"% he said.
Mr Argent is also angry the authorities do not seem to be addressing his complaint.
"Most decent people would be concerned at the vandalism taking place in the CBD. It is of some interest to people, but not to those people who should be interested," he said.
Mr Argent said he had approached the Lismore Council to gain access to CCTV footage taken over the long weekend, but was told it would cost him money to gain access to it.
Bill Macdonald, operations manager of the council's CitySafe program, said with no indication when the vandalism took place over a three-day period it was hard to justify putting a person on to look at 72 hours of footage.
Mr Argent said the continuing vandalism made him feel 'like putting the shutters up'.
The manager of the neighbouring CTC tobacconist, Elke Coronakes, felt bad for the shop's owners. "We are here to make a living and you get no-hopers walking around trying to ruin it," she said.
In Molesworth Street the Greater Building Society's automatic teller was also damaged. The machine was due to be replaced, but now the society will have to decide to change its scratched screen.