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