Mem­bers cross over heart­less theft

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Thieves have made off with more than $800 af­ter raid­ing the Ber­ri­gan Red Cross branch last week in what mem­bers are de­scrib­ing as a ‘‘heart­less’’ theft.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the not-for-profit store was bro­ken into be­tween Thurs­day, July 20 and Fri­day, July 21.

It’s al­leged the of­fend­ers gained ac­cess af­ter they re­moved a fly screen and jim­mied open a side win­dow.

Ber­ri­gan Red Cross branch pres­i­dent Mar­ion Dick­ins said the crime’s af­ter­math was ‘‘dis­tress­ful’’.

‘‘It is very dis­heart­en­ing that peo­ple can cause dam­age to a vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tion that is solely there to help lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers in need, ma­jor ad­verse events and sit­u­a­tions within Aus­tralia and over­seas,’’ she said.

‘‘In­side, the vol­un­teers found that cloth­ing, the safe con­tain­ing shop tak­ings and a mo­bile phone (used for vol­un­teers’ safety) were all taken and a cab­i­net was de­stroyed.

‘‘It was a very dis­tress­ful sit­u­a­tion when the vol­un­teers ar­rived on Fri­day morn­ing.’’

Branch trea­surer Lyn­dall Horne said the Red Cross pro­vides in­valu­able sup­port, mak­ing the crime es­pe­cially heinous in na­ture.

‘‘The theft is heart­less be­cause the of­fend­ers didn’t just steal cash, they ma­li­ciously dam­aged the build­ing,’’ she said.

‘‘If you need help, ask for it — but the dam­age they caused just makes more in­con­ve­nience and prob­lems for us.’’

Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions are con­tin­u­ing, and the shop has re­sumed op­er­at­ing. It will be open from 10am to 4pm on week­days and Satur­day morn­ings.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000. Pre­sented as a com­mu­nity ser­vice by South­ern Rive­rina Sui­cide Preven­tion Re­source Group and the South­ern Rive­rina News

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