A window repair man assesses the cost of replacing glass in doors at Chemmart Pharmacy, at the corner of Alma and Denham streets, after an attempted break-in on Saturday night.
A window repair man assesses the cost of replacing glass in doors at Chemmart Pharmacy, at the corner of Alma and Denham streets, after an attempted break-in on Saturday night. CHRIS ISON CI

Would-be thieves make a mess

IT wasn’t a great start to the year for Chemmart Pharmacy owners Daniel and Kylie Becker.

They received an early-morning wakeup call from police yesterday, alerting them to the fact would-be thieves had tried to break into their premises.

The intruders had tried to smash their way through two glass doors and a wooden wall to enter the shop, on the corner of Denham and Alma streets, some time on Saturday night.

The attempt had been unsuccessful.

Mrs Becker said it was the third time the day-and-night chemist had been targeted in the three years she owned it.

“It’s a bit disappointing, but we’re looking at ways to stop it happening,” she said yesterday.

“Three times in three years is not that often, but it all comes out of my pocket.

“I’m grateful no one has gained access to the shop yet.”

Mrs Becker believes the attempted burglaries were random attacks by drunken CBD revellers walking past.

The damage to two window panes yesterday clearly showed an attempt was made to get inside.

A window repair service was called immediately to assess the damage. The cost of fixing it was estimated in the thousands of dollars.

Mrs Becker said this year she was working on increasing the security in the area as well as a number of other options.

She said alternatives included different types of glass, mesh barriers and increased lighting.

“We want to increase the lighting throughout the night so the area is more exposed,” she said.

“Possibly install a sensor light too.”

Police and scenes-of-crime officers gathered fingerprint evidence yesterday and their investigations were continuing.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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