Shat­tered af­ter break-in

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

All the thieves who broke into New Wind­sor Take­away got for their trou­ble was a small amount of food, but the dam­age they did was far worse.

Own­ers Jack­son Chen and Lily Jiang suf­fered their sec­ond bur­glary in a year last week af­ter some­one put a rock through the glass door of their shop shortly af­ter 1am, caus­ing $1200 worth of dam­age.

While in­sur­ance will cover some of the cost, they have to pay an ex­cess of $1000.

“We save ev­ery cent and then in one sec­ond it’s gone. It takes a long time for me to make $1000,” Mr Chen says.

The thieves made a mess of the shop, leav­ing drinks strewn on the floor and broke the cash reg­is­ter.

“They came in and took what­ever they liked. They even took the chips.”

But there wasn’t much else to take, with the cou­ple leav­ing no cash or other valu­ables on the premises overnight.

Neigh­bours saw a car speed­ing away from the scene, but were too late to get a num­ber plate.

Mr Chen says the four bur­glar­ies that have taken place at his New Wind­sor Rd shop since he and his wife bought it in 2005 have taken their toll.

“You can’t sleep well. When you fin­ish the job you worry.”

The fa­ther-of-two is con­cerned that the next time a bur­glary could take place while they are still open.

“It’s never-end­ing. Maybe next time they will use a gun.”

Other busi­nesses in the area have also been af­fected by bur­glary and van­dal­ism re­cently.

VIP Hair­care owner Mary-Ann Old­ham, whose shop is next door to the take­away, says her premises has been the tar­get of bur­glary and van­dal­ism sev­eral times.

The worst break-in cost Ms Old­ham be­tween $5000 and $6000, with the thieves steal­ing stock and break­ing a win­dow.

In other re­cent in­ci­dents pel­lets were shot through her win­dow and locks were bro­ken.

And in Oc­to­ber last year New Wind­sor dairy owner Shashikant Prema was stabbed four times while work­ing in his shop. He is still re­cov­er­ing.

Blockhouse Bay

com- mu­nity con­sta­ble Lance Daw­son says po­lice have no sus­pects but he has ad­vised the own­ers on how to in­crease their se­cu­rity.

He says there was a marked in­crease in prop­erty and ve­hi­cle crime in the New Wind­sor area last month, with break-ins of­ten oc­cur­ring be­tween 4pm and 8pm.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the rob­bery should call the Avon­dale po­lice sta­tion on 820-5700.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Had enough: New Wind­sor Take­away own­ers Jack­son Chen and Lily Jiang next to the door bur­glars smashed to get into their shop last week.

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