His­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety mu­seum bur­gled

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Adam Poulsen

A vol­un­teer worker ar­rived at Chap­man Val­ley His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety Mu­seum re­cently to find it had been bro­ken into and a num­ber of items stolen.

Pres­i­dent War­ren Kennedy said the door had been prised open and a big screen TV, DVD player and an an­tique cab­i­net were miss­ing.

“We were very dis­ap­pointed be­cause we are all vol­un­teers and ev­ery dol­lar that we earn goes back into the mu­seum to make it bet­ter for the com­mu­nity,” he said. “We had bought that stuff with a grant we were given when we had our 100-year cel­e­bra­tion in 2013.”

Mr Kennedy said it was a set­back for the group be­cause its in­sur­ance pol­icy was un­likely to cover the cost due to a $1000 ex­cess fee.

“We don’t know the ex­act cost yet but we’re prob­a­bly go­ing to be out of pocket,” he said.

Mr Kennedy said he be­lieved the bur­glary hap­pened some­time af­ter 8pm on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 26, be­cause a neigh­bour had re­ported their dogs had been bark­ing.

He said the door was also dam­aged dur­ing the break-in.

“When they prised open the door, they broke the tim­ber on the side that held the bolts in, but the Shire came out and did a bit of a fix-up for us.”

Mr Kennedy said the Chap­man Val­ley His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety were now con­sid­er­ing im­prov­ing se­cu­rity at the mu­seum.

Northamp­ton po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the al­leged bur­glary and are ask­ing wit­nesses or any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent to call Northamp­ton Po­lice Sta­tion on 9934 7600 or Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

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