Break-in shat­ters busi­ness­woman

Shepparton News - - NEWS - By Tara Whitsed

Shep­par­ton busi­ness­woman Parmila Devi has been left feel­ing un­safe and dis­ap­pointed af­ter her store was bro­ken into.

The owner of GV Food Court in Co­rio St, Shep­par­ton, said she re­ceived a phone call from a nearby store worker yes­ter­day morn­ing about the break-in.

Ms Devi was shocked to dis­cover the small In­dian restau­rant had been bro­ken into with the front door’s glass smashed.

‘‘We ar­rived to find not one sin­gle penny in the till,’’ she said.

Ms Devi said $1000 was taken from the cash reg­is­ter and her son’s bi­cy­cle was also stolen, val­ued at more than $200.

‘‘I’ve been here for 11⁄2 years and I’ve never seen such a scene in Aus­tralia be­fore,’’ she said.

‘‘For a small busi­ness, it’s not good.

‘‘We are still strug­gling and try­ing to es­tab­lish our­selves and this is re­ally shame­ful.

‘‘This is our hard-earned money and they just come and eas­ily take it.’’

Ms Devi was quick to get the glass re­paired and said she could not af­ford to stop trad­ing for one day.

She said she no longer felt safe and urged the pub­lic to as­sist with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Shep­par­ton po­lice’s Ross Norm­ing­ton said the in­ci­dent took place be­tween 9 pm on Thurs­day and 7 am yes­ter­day.

He en­cour­aged any wit­ness or any­one with in­for­ma­tion to phone Shep­par­ton po­lice on 5820 5777.

Pic­tures: Me­gan Fisher

Smashed: GV Food Court’s Parmila Devi was shocked to dis­cover her busi­ness had been bro­ken into.

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