Thieves hit at heart of most needy

THIEVES have broken into a Salvation Army shed in Lismore and stolen equipment used to help out in emergency situations such as fires and floods.

Commanding officer of the Salvos in Lismore Captain Phil Sharp said it was completely unnecessary.

They are probably going to sell everything to get money for who knows what.

But if they needed money for food or furniture or to help with bills, all they had to do was ask, he said.

Cpt Sharp said the thieves had unscrewed two Colourbond sheets at the back of the shed on Tuesday night and taken three fold-out gazebos.

The gazebos were used by the Salvos as shade and cooking areas to feed fire fighters and people stranded in floods.

Cpt Sharp said they had also taken at least one brush-cutter and a lawnmower and a 20-litre jerrycan full of fuel.

They also rummaged through cupboards and boxes and taken pots and pans and other miscellaneous camping and wet weather equipment.

Cpt Sharp said it was the second break-in in six months and they were now considering building a brick shed.

That would cost us $15,000 to $20,000 which is money that could be used somewhere else, he said.

Cpt Sharp said most of the equipment would be covered by insurance, but was hoping local businesses would come to their assistance.

One of the gazebos is branded with the Salvation Army and NRMA logos and the other two are plain green.


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