Thief tries his luck but dips out
A BRAZEN thief tempted by the treasures in a lucky dip machine at Lismore Central is facing serious charges after trying to defy the odds early on Sunday morning.
Lismore police believe the 26-year-old man spent considerable time breaking into the complex shortly before daybreak, causing considerable damage to doors at the main entrance in Carrington Street before making his way to the game machine opposite the newsagent on the first floor.
After forcing it open he stole multiple items, including a mobile phone, iPod, wireless router, camera and cash.
A security guard responding to security alarms caught the burglar red-handed on the premises just after 5am.
The guard detained him until the police arrived seven minutes later.
Police arrested the man and recovered all the stolen goods.
The offender has been bailed to appear in the Lismore Local Court next month.
It is the second time in nine months the lucky dip machine has been raided.
Lismore Central manager Monique Smallcombe was more than pleased with security measures at the complex.
“Everything worked perfectly,” she said yesterday.
“Security did a great job and got all the goods back.
“Unfortunately, the damaged doors will probably have to be replaced.”
Meanwhile, police caught two boys in the act of breaking into the Casino High School and stealing property about 5.20pm on Saturday.
Alerted by an alarm activated shortly after 5pm, police detained the two youths in the school grounds.
After further inquiries a third boy was detained.
The boys are aged between 13 and 15.
Property allegedly stolen by the youths, including a pressure cleaner and fire extinguisher, was recovered nearby and returned to the school.
Investigations into the incident are continuing, but police could not say if charges would be laid.