De­fi­ant restau­rant owner cleans up af­ter sixth break-in in 12 months

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

D’S STEAK­HOUSE owner Danielle Robin­son and her crew are keep­ing watch af­ter an­other at­tempted break-in, which raises the tally to six break-ins or at­tempts over the past year cost­ing $15,000.

The lat­est in­ci­dent oc­curred last Mon­day night when of­fend­ers al­legedly at­tempted to break into the restau­rant but failed be­cause of steel bars over win­dows, which were in­stalled af­ter the last breakin at the Moss­man restau­rant.

“On Mon­day night when they tried to break in they broke our gas line so we couldn’t open the last few nights,” she said.

“We need to get a part up from Townsville so last night we were here and at quar­ter to seven I was in the kitchen and saw them jump- ing over the fence.

“We called the po­lice, chased them up the street but we didn’t catch them.”

The two would-be of­fend­ers who were scared off on Tues­day night are de­scribed to be around 12-15 years of age and in­dige­nous in ap­pear­ance.

“We stayed to about mid­night last night (Tues­day) but they didn’t come back again and we are stay­ing here tonight and to­mor­row night,” Danielle said.

“I’m very an­gry, they haven’t got in the last two times be­cause of the bars but they have been break­ing the gas line and po­lice aren’t do­ing any­thing about it.

“We have to take things into our own hands, it has cost me $15,000 and I can’t af­ford to keep do­ing this es­pe­cially now we are go­ing into the quiet sea­son.”

Danielle is de­ter­mined to catch the of­fend­ers and is of­fer­ing a cash re­ward for any­one with in­for­ma­tion or proof of iden­tity that can lead to a con­vic­tion.

If you have any in­for­ma­tion con­tact D’s Steak­house on 4098 3365, con­tact the Moss­man Po­lice on 4098 2177 or Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

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