Sally Army burgled
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.