THANKS A MILLION: Bluebird Kitchen owners Katie and Jim Osborn were grateful to Jonno Colfs who phoned the police after he spotted a suspected thief outside the restaurant on Monday night.
THANKS A MILLION: Bluebird Kitchen owners Katie and Jim Osborn were grateful to Jonno Colfs who phoned the police after he spotted a suspected thief outside the restaurant on Monday night. Sophie Lester

Quick acting witness helps police catch restaurant thief

A MAN alleged to have broken into Bluebird Kitchen on Palmerin St Monday night is in police custody thanks to the quick action of a good Samaritan.

Jonno Colfs was driving in the area when he spotted a man outside the restaurant and after driving around the block noticed the glass door had been smashed in.

Not knowing whether the thief was still inside, Mr Colfs drove around the block once more and then saw a man emerge with stolen items. He then went to VideoEzy to phone police.

He insisted that although his actions could have put him in danger, he was not a hero.

"I don't know Jim and Katie that well but I have a lot of mutual friends with them," Mr Colfs said.

"I saw the hard work they've put into the place. They're just young people making their dreams come true and to see someone ruin that is pretty annoying.

"In a small town like this you expect people would do the right thing and it just made sense to help out."

Restaurant owners Katie and Jim Osborn said they were thankful for Mr Colfs quick thinking.

"We're really grateful for Jonno and the good people in our community, and also for the fast-acting police," Mrs Osborn said.

"It could have been much worse but the only real damage has been to the front door so we're going to trade regardless.

"We're not going to let it get us down."

Police managed to retrieve some of the stolen items - bacon and cider - from a Warwick home.

The man alleged to have committed the theft is 37-year-old Leigh Aaron Dalton, of Warwick, who appeared in Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday morning charged with stealing and breaking and entering.

Mr Dalton's case has been adjourned until January 18.

He did not apply for bail and has been remanded in custody.

Ever the optimists, Mrs Osborn said she and her husband were determined to keep their business going despite the brazen act of one person.

"It is a bit disappointing when you have worked really hard to do something you love that there are a few bad apples who ruin it for everyone," she said.

"We just hope he gets his just desserts."



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