Burglars raid guides’ shed
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.