Shat­tered af­ter shop at­tacks

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

TWO van­dal­ism at­tacks in four days have left the own­ers of a West­mere cafe frus­trated and up­set.

Gar­net Sta­tion cafe own­ers Ver­ity Ge­orge and Lisa Prager were wo­ken at 5am last Mon­day by rocks be­ing thrown through their shopfront win­dows.

But the newly-re­placed glass was de­lib­er­ately smashed again just days later.

Ms Ge­orge and Ms Prager were wo­ken just af­ter 2am on Thurs­day by what they be­lieve was a base­ball bat smash­ing the new win­dows.

“This is no longer a ran­dom act, this is pre­med­i­tated,” says Ms Ge­orge.

The safety glass win­dows didn’t shat­ter but will need to be re­placed again, at a cost of $1300.

A chil­dren’s rug on the floor un­der the win­dows and ice­cream dis­play cab­i­net will also need to be thor­oughly cleaned, and all the ice­cream re­placed says Ms Ge­orge.

Ms Ge­orge says apart from some tag­ging eight months ago, this is the first se­ri­ous van­dal­ism at the cafe.

She says it ap­pears to be part of a spate of crime in the area with sev­eral cars in a nearby street bro­ken into dur­ing the week as well.

Ms Prager says she doesn’t be­lieve the at­tacks on the shop are aimed at them per­son­ally.

“It’s just some vi­car­i­ous plea­sure that some sicko has had,” she says.

Cus­tomers and friends at the cafe on Thurs­day were shocked at the re­peat at­tack.

“It’s such a com­mu­nity place,” says Ms Prager.

She says it didn’t ap­pear as if any­one had tried to en­ter the shop.

“There’s noth­ing to be gained,” she says.

“We’ve got noth­ing on site ex­cept cof­fee and tea.”

The women say they will be in­stalling se­cu­rity cam­eras soon but don’t want to go to any ex­treme mea­sures.

“We don’t want to bar­ri­cade up the shop and live in that way,” says Ms Prager.

Se­nior sergeant Gary Bar­ber says af­ter Mon­day’s at­tack a po­lice dog was used to track the of­fender through West­mere School to Larch­wood Ave but lost the scent be­tween Larch­wood Ave and Warnock St.

He says los­ing the scent in­di­cates a ve­hi­cle was used to get away.

The sec­ond in­ci­dent has been re­ported but po­lice didn’t at­tend the scene.

Any in­for­ma­tion call the Avon­dale po­lice, 820-5700.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

All smashed up: Gar­net Sta­tion owner Ver­ity Ge­orge is shocked at the sec­ond shopfront at­tack in a week.

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