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