Sally Army bur­gled

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Porirua’s Sal­va­tion Army head­quar­ters have been bro­ken into, bur­gled and van­dalised, in the sec­ond hit on the build­ing in less than a year.

Bur­glars smashed the War­spite Ave build­ing’s wooden doors to gain en­try in the small hours of Fri­day, July 22.

Two large bins full of food were stolen from its food bank, and a lap­top was taken from an of­fice.

The thieves van­dalised the build­ing, rip­ping a tele­phone off the wall and spread­ing flour and sugar on the floor, Sal­va­tion Army Porirua man­ager Ray Gor­don said.

‘‘Peo­ple broke in, some­how evad­ing our se­cu­rity sys­tem, and they trashed the food bank.’’ Staff were gut­ted, he said. ‘‘They were up­set. It’s an­noy­ing and frus­trat­ing and sad­den­ing.’’

Needy fam­i­lies will con­tinue to re­ceive their food parcels de­spite the break-in, since the bur­glars did not steal all the food re­serves.

‘‘They se­lected stuff that they wanted and left a mess,’’ Mr Gor­don said.

The Sal­va­tion Army was bro­ken into over the sum­mer, and now Mr Gor­don is con­sid­er­ing up­dat­ing the build­ing’s se­cu­rity sys­tem.

‘‘We will be look­ing at our se­cu­rity, but we don’t want it to be like Fort Knox.’’

Bur­glars with enough de­ter­mi­na­tion would find their way past any se­cu­rity sys­tem, he said.

From the ashes: One of Porirua Gospel Chapel’s hol­i­day pro­gramme co-or­di­na­tors, Bill Hiku, with the newly ren­o­vated room that will soon be able to take ESOL and Sun­day School classes again.

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