Sandys Bazaar staff member Sara James inspects the damage left by a vandal early on Friday morning.
Sandys Bazaar staff member Sara James inspects the damage left by a vandal early on Friday morning. Trish Bowman

Vandals hit after ex-cyclone Oswald rain deluge impacts area

AFTER the devastating effect and aftermath of cyclone Oswald, wouldn't you think the vandals would just give us a break?

These were the sentiments from Sandy's Bazaar co-owner Pauline Fitzgerald after her shop window was smashed for a fourth time.

Mrs Fitzgerald said she was contacted early Friday morning by Yeppoon police to inform her about the shattered window.

"Police said they heard the sound of the window smashing from the police station at around 3am on Friday morning," Mrs Fitzgerald said.

"Honestly, this is the very last thing we need right now after so much lost trade over the past few weeks.

"I simply can't see the point in people causing such malicious damage, what could they possibly gain, and we are left to wear the cost of the repairs, not to mention the impact this sort of damage has on our insurance premiums.

"Senior Sergeant Robert Barclay said the offender was observed fleeing the scene on a push bike.

"Officers gave chase in a police vehicle but lost sight of the offender," Snr Sgt Barclay said.

"We will be viewing CCTV footage of the area and making further inquiries into the incident.

"If anyone has any information regarding this incident or any other wilful damage incidents we encourage them to contact Yeppoon police on 4939 0000 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333 000."



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