Bur­glars raid guides’ shed

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

Bur­glars have put a damp­ener on any plans Whitby-Mana Girl Guides had for the great out­doors this sum­mer, steal­ing $25,000 worth of camp­ing gear from the group’s stor­age shed.

Po­lice are seek­ing in­for­ma­tion in con­nec­tion to the bur­glary which hap­pened be­tween De­cem­ber 8 and 12. The stor­age shed is at 137 Spin­naker Dr.

Whitby-Mana Girl Guides co­or­di­na­tor Julie Ainsworth said about 15 tents and camp­ing equip­ment, in­clud­ing gas bot­tles, a burner and rub­ber mal­lets, were taken.

‘‘We’re up­set be­cause now we can’t go on camp.

‘‘We have a district camp com­ing up next year and we’re com­ing into the sum­mer sea­son when we’d like to use the tents but we can’t.’’

There are 155 Guides and 22 lead­ers in the district, but other dis­tricts also bor­row the tents if they are short, said Ms Ainsworth.

‘‘It’s not just us they’ve af­fected, you see, it’s the whole re­gion.’’

The door of the shed was locked and pad­locked but was forced open from its hinged side.

Con­sta­ble Damian Parker, of Porirua po­lice, said some of the tents would weigh over 80 kilo­grams each and a van, or light com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle, would be re­quired to trans­port the items.

Guide leader Jo Davey said the camp­ing gear doesn’t come cheap.

‘‘Some of them are $3500 each to re­place.

‘‘We don’t have that kind of money, we don’t sell that many bis­cuits.

‘‘It’s all on fundrais­ing and a lot of sausage siz­zles, [ that is how] we can af­ford these things and to think all that hard work is gone too,’’ she said.

Sev­eral of the tents were pur­chased with money from a grant the Girl Guides re­ceived from the Mana Com­mu­nity Trust in 2005.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on the stolen tents and camp­ing equip­ment is asked to con­tact Porirua Po­lice Sta­tion on 238 1472.

Gut­ted: Whitby-Mana Girl Guides, from left, leader Jo Davey, area co-or­di­na­tor Julie Ainsworth, ranger Danielle Davey, Jo Davey and Delia Tib­ble, will not be able to en­joy the sum­mer months camp­ing af­ter $25,000 worth of gear was stolen from their stor­age shed.

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