Bows and arrows stolen from archery club can be dangerous

FIVE training bows and 100 arrows have been stolen from North Lismore's Great Eastland Archery Club.

Police Inspector Mick Dempsey said they were stolen from the Arthur Park clubhouse off Terania St.

"Between 1pm on Saturday September 14 and 1pm on Sunday September 15, unknown offenders gained entrance to the clubhouse," he said.

"Five archery bows and nine sets of 10-12 arrows were stolen."

Police examined the scene forensically.

Club president Graham Bultitude said although the bows and arrows were used for beginners, they could prove dangerous.

Mr Bultitude said the relatively low-powered bows were used for target shooting from up to 40m.

"They are not playthings; if they were given to kids to shoot they could knock eyes out and do damage if they were mucking around."

"At close range if you wanted to shoot at someone's body they could do some damage."

He believed the thieves wanted to shoot the arrows on a rural property.

"The thieves are not really archers because if they were they wouldn't be bothered with that stuff because it is not high-poundage."

Three bows were laminated white, one was a blue compound training bow and the other a junior training bow.

After the theft, the club moved all valuables into a secure shipping container for storage and clubhouse security is being upgraded.

Because of the danger, Insp Dempsey said police were appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information about the bows and arrows to phone Lismore police on 6626 0599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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