Sen Const Malcolm Bird (left) and Const Peter Archibald at the Chemist Warehouse in Goonellabah following a break-in.
Sen Const Malcolm Bird (left) and Const Peter Archibald at the Chemist Warehouse in Goonellabah following a break-in. Jacklyn Wagner

Police on the scent of thieves

POLICE were kept busy yesterday collecting fingerprints and forensic evidence after thieves hit a string of local businesses this week.

A car drove into the front of the Chemist Warehouse in the East Point Shopping Village at Goonellabah, at 5:45am yesterday, shattering the glass door.

The thief entered the chemist and went straight for the dispensary.

Unable to find the drugs containing pseudoephedrine, the thief went to the opposite end of the store for the next best thing.

Police said the offender made off with "four boxes of perfume."

"It looks like he tried to get some pseudo but couldn't find it so he went down the front, kicked in the fragrance door and stole a couple of bottles," Chemist Warehouse owner Kate Daniel said.

"He spent about two minutes in the dispensary. We have it all on CCTV footage."

Ms Daniel said it was only the second time the chemist had been broken into.

"It was about 5:45am, so there were some people in Subway and the coffee shop.

"A few people heard noises but didn't think anything of it.

"The cleaner heard it but she was by herself."

As of 3pm yesterday, no one had been arrested for the ram raid but police confirmed they were reviewing CCTV footage.

The busy chemist bounced back to business as per usual yesterday morning.

Also in the early hours of yesterday morning, a Casino business was the victim of a ram raid, but of a softer kind.

Police believe a trolley was used to smash the glass door of the Greater Building Society on Walker Street at 4:30am.

The offender, allegedly stole a number of small plastic bags containing coins.

A 30-year-old Tabulam man was later arrested at a South Casino address, where police allegedly found the stolen money.

The man was charged with theft and was refused bail. He was expected to appear in Lismore Local Court today.

A spokesman for the Greater Building Society said the branch was closed yesterday so police could conduct inquiries and the damage to the glass door could be cleaned up.

"The main thing is it happened in the early hours of the morning so none of our staff or customers were present or hurt," he said.

"We would like to thank our customers for their patience through the matter."

The branch will reopen today at 9am. A day earlier, The Northern Star's Goonellabah office, on Ballina Road, was broken into.

It is unclear how the offenders gained entry to the building but office equipment was stolen and a safe was broken into.

Anyone with information regarding the break and enters is urged to call Lismore Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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