Lismore Discount Drug Store Steven Defrenne praised the police for responding so quickly when a man started throwing rocks randomly.
Lismore Discount Drug Store Steven Defrenne praised the police for responding so quickly when a man started throwing rocks randomly.

Pharmacist has new G-bah store vandalised

PHARMACIST Steven Defrenne expressed his gratitude to police after they arrived in mere minutes to stop a man who was allegedly throwing rocks at his Goonellabah store.

At around 7pm on Wednesday night, the new Discount Drug Store on the corner of Rous Road and Pleasant Street was damaged after a man allegedly began throwing rocks at the glass wall.

Mr Defrenne was in his office doing paperwork when he heard the commotion.

"I was doing some work in my office ‒ the store had been closed for about an hour ‒ I was just about to pack up and go home for the day when all of a sudden I heard this big smash.

He looked  outside the window to see the man allegedly picking up rocks and throwing them at the window.

"I turned the lights out, locked all the doors and called the police. They rocked up in a few minutes," he said.

Mr Defrenne said he also witnessed the man allegedly pretending to throw rocks at passing vehicles.

"They treated him really well. Everyone was really calm, there wasn't any tackling or anything," he said.

"They just spoke to him and after a bit he was happy to go with them. I just wanted to say thank you to the cops. They don't get praise often enough and I thought they handled the situation really well."

The man was charged with causing malicious damage and will appear in court on March 9.



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