Historical society museum burgled
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.