Thieves get more brazen

BRAZEN thieves are going to new extremes in their attempts to rob premises in Kyogle.

Kyogle Pharmacy owner Warwick Prentice showed The Northern Star the electrical pit outside his shop where wires were cut in a bid to immobilise the alarm system on November 25.

“It cut off our connection back to base,” Mr Prentice said.

“Fortunately there is a fail safe system, but the phone lines and internet connections still went down.

“We have about eight lines going in and they cut them at each end. It’s the first time I’ve seen someone go into the pit.”

Kyogle security officer Rod Clark said a special tool was needed to lift the lid of the pit.

His message to businesses in the town is to get an alarm system and to do it soon.

“Most of the places broken into haven’t had an alarm system,” he said.

“I disturbed a man at one place before he set off the alarm and chased him on foot.”

Brian Lynn, of Lynn’s Central Butchery in Kyogle’s main street, said his shop was broken into on November 26.

“They busted the locks off the back door and cash was taken,” he said. “These weren’t kids, they didn’t make a mess.”

Mr Lynn doesn’t usually have cash at his shop, but he did that night. He declined to say how much was taken, but planned to improve his security measures after his first break-in.

“Five businesses were done in that one night,” he said.

Mr Lynn also wants to see a stronger police presence in Kyogle.

“The police do a good job, they just can’t be everywhere,” he said.

“Kyogle police cover a big area, right out to Bonalbo, and there’s not enough of them.”

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