Lifeline volunteer Una Slatter at the door that was smashed during a break-in at the Ford St shop.
Lifeline volunteer Una Slatter at the door that was smashed during a break-in at the Ford St shop. Allan Reinikka

Shock as glass smashed again

ANOTHER smashed glass pane within a fortnight is not what the Ford Street Lifeline store needed.

Two weeks ago, the charity had to pay $1200 to get a pane replaced because vandals broke the glass.

But yesterday morning, the glass was not only smashed but a 14-year-old also broke into the store and stole $19 worth of sheets and cushions.

Now the charity faces another glass replacement fee of $300.

Business manager Belinda Bath said the incident was disheartening.

“It’s disappointing that the damage they caused is worth a lot more than what they actually took,” Ms Bath said.

“We’re here to support the community and the money it costs to replace these things is not going to the community.”

Police said the teenager was caught by an off-duty officer about 4.40am yesterday and on-duty police reached the scene as quickly as possible.

The juvenile was charged with break-and-enter and theft.

Store supervisor Vicki McNae said Lifeline was there to help, not be stolen from.

“It’s annoying really because it costs us, and we could have probably helped them out if they’d just asked,” Ms McNae said.

The store was closed up until 10am yesterday after All Hours Glass had boarded up the broken door.



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