Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VIC­TO­RIA NU­GENT

A HEATLEY cafe has been at­tacked by van­dals for the sec­ond time this year.

Sami’s Place on Ful­ham Rd had rocks thrown through the front win­dow yes­ter­day about 5.45am, with the cul­prit also set­ting off a fire ex­tin­guisher.

Owner Sam Kingsley said noth­ing had been taken, but the clean- up would take a while.

“They didn’t even take the tip jar,” she said.

“They didn’t take any­thing ex­cept the fire ex­tin­guisher ... they’ve thrown it up on a roof over the road.

“Ev­ery­thing has to be cleaned ... the fire ex­tin­guisher has made a huge mess.

“Half our stuff has to be thrown out be­cause of the chem­i­cals.”

Ms Kingsley said it was the fifth time they had been hit by crime since open­ing three­and- a- half years ago and it was dis­heart­en­ing.

“The jus­tice sys­tem just sucks,” she said.

“These peo­ple have got to re­alise they will put small busi­nesses out of work.

“It pushes you to the point where you think you may as well just shut up shop and go.”

Ms Kingsley said they would feel an im­me­di­ate ef­fect be­cause of the at­tack.

“Sun­day’s one of our best days,” she said. “With all these penalty rates, we can’t af­ford to bring staff in to help us clean up.

“There will be no tak­ings for the day. Hope­fully we’ll get that back from in­sur­ance but that might take weeks.”

Act­ing In­spec­tor Graeme Paine said po­lice had con­ducted a sci­en­tific in­ves­ti­ga­tion and CCTV footage was avail­able.

“We’re look­ing for a tall male wear­ing a hoodie, shorts, no shoes, last seen towards Narangi St,” he said.

“Po­lice are fol­low­ing up in­for­ma­tion about per­sons seen in the area at the time and re­quest that any­one with in­for­ma­tion or dash cam footage pro­vide it to Kir­wan Po­lice or Crime Stop­pers.”

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