Killarney Cutters secretary Rachael McGregor and treasurer John Fields with some of the frozen food ruined after a break-in into their canteen last week.
Killarney Cutters secretary Rachael McGregor and treasurer John Fields with some of the frozen food ruined after a break-in into their canteen last week. John Towells

Thieves target three premises

THIEVES in Killarney have ransacked three premises and stolen more than $2000 worth of booze, cigarettes and lollies.

Local police are now appealing for anyone with information on the break-and-enters to come forward.

The Show Pavilion was targeted some time between July 2 and yesterday.

Thieves managed to slip open glass windows and steal about $300 worth of alcohol.

The Killarney Cutters canteen at the Recreation Club Grounds was next in line.

According to Killarney Cutters Rugby League Club president John Towells, food and alcohol worth about $500 was stolen.

A large blue esky and Cutters stubby holders were taken and the culprits also short-circuited the power when they decided to fire up the bain-marie to cook up some Dagwood Dogs without adding the water, ruining all the food in the freezer.

“I’m really peeved about this. We’re a small club and we struggle,” Mr Towells said.

“To lose $500 of equipment and stock, it’s really difficult for us to replace that.

“This hurts the community and volunteers, they’ve got to work their guts to try and make up that loss. We’re just lucky it’s winter time and we didn’t lose all the alcohol too.”

He appealed for the esky to be returned.

At the weekend, Killarney Co-Op Service Station was the third victim of the break-ins. Manager Allen Cooper arrived yesterday to find the lock broken and the door damaged.

About $1500 worth of cigarettes and lollies were stolen from the servo.

“I got a bit of a surprise when I arrived and saw they cut through the mesh, presumably with bolt cutters, and through the lock as well,” Mr Cooper said.

Killarney Police Acting Sergeant Les Aspery said break-ins were unusual in the town and what made these crimes worse was the fact community groups were targeted.

“It’s community money that pays for the pavilion and the rec club. All of these things are provided for us and someone like this just wants to take it away for themselves,” Act Sgt Aspery said.

Sgt Aspery asked for anyone with information to contact the station on 4664 1320.

Meanwhile, in Warwick vandals were on the loose at the weekend with reports of at least one bashed letterbox, a damaged real estate sign and smashed windows at two CBD businesses.



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