Paul Full, from Ace Photo Shop Digital Imaging, looks through what is left of his door.
Paul Full, from Ace Photo Shop Digital Imaging, looks through what is left of his door. Doug Eaton

Trail of havoc by arcade vandals

CORRIE STEDMAN'S Ballina dress shop was one of about 10 businesses in Wigmore Arcade which were broken into early yesterday morning.

A huge window at her store was smashed, leaving glass all over the floor.

It was the 'fifth or sixth time' thieves have trashed Ms Stedman's shop.

“They also wrecked my till and stole the float, which probably had about $100 in it,” she said.

“They went through all the cupboards, but nothing else was stolen.

“I've got insurance for the glass, but it's just a hassle having to get everything fixed.”

At least nine other businesses were targeted during the crime spree, which has sparked calls for the Ballina Shire Council to install closed-circuit cameras in the area.

One shopkeeper, who did not want to be named, blamed 'bored youths' for the crimes.

“Nothing has really been stolen from any of the shops, so it's probably just kids being destructive for the sake of it,” she said.

Paul Full, from Ace Photoshop Digital Imaging, said a memory stick was stolen from his store after thieves smashed his front glass door to get in.

“I've just realised that I don't have any insurance for it, so it will set me back about $600,” he said.

“I got a call from the police at about 3am telling me what had happened. The camera was pushed over and some coins were stolen as well.

“It's the second time I've been broken into here. The first time was only the second day after I moved in.”

Another business owner said CCTV needed to be investigated.

“It's something that could stop the break-ins here,” she said.

But Ballina mayor Phillip Silver said cameras for Wigmore Arcade had not been budgeted 'at this stage'.

“It is not one of the council's priority locations for CCTV,” he said.




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