Thieves empty local RSL’s safe
THE Belmont RSL suffered a major blow after its Australia Day celebrations its safe, filled with the weekend’s takings, was broken into and emptied out.
Belmont RSL sub-branch president Alan Richardson said he was disappointed to discover the damage at 7am on Tuesday, January 27, and the apparent theft of a “large sum” of money.
“It puts us back in our preparations for the centenary celebrations,” Mr Richardson said.
The break-in was believed to have occurred some time between the fireworks starting last Monday night and 7am the following day.
“It just lets down the Australian spirit. It diverts our attention to the resettling and formalising of our operations.”
The RSL has internal security sensors and alarms but Mr Richardson said the alarms were not triggered.
Belmont Police’s Senior Sergeant Peter Arancini urged anyone with any information or who saw suspicious activity near the RSL on the night of January 26 to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Over the weekend, 35 people became Australian citizens at the Belmont RSL.