Cafe offers reward
A Pauatahanui cafe owner is so frustrated after being burgled last week that he is offering a reward for information about the thieves.
Groundup Cafe owner Darryl Ellis is offering $ 5000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the offenders’ conviction.
Last Tuesday night burglars scaled a padlocked 2.5-metre fence surrounding the cafe’s courtyard and stole furniture and art. They took a steel table, four chairs, four pot plants in large ceramic pots, and three works of outdoor art.
All the items were heavy, especially the pot plants, so there would have been a group of people working together to hoist the items over the fence, Mr Ellis says.
The artworks, which were for sale in the cafe, are distinctive and may lead to the burglars’ arrest, Mr Ellis says. Two mosaic urns and a concrete mosaic mirror were taken. The items are worth hundreds of dollars each.
In a cruel twist, Mr Ellis only recently decorated his courtyard after a Dine Out review called it boring and bland.
‘‘So we decided to change that, and now it’s all gone.’’
Business is tough in the hospitality industry, and the theft is an unwelcome blow and expense to the cafe, Mr Ellis says.
His reward offer is a way of trying to ensure the burglars are punished for their acts.
‘‘It’s just bad behaviour with no real consequences,’’ he says. ‘‘I expect to pass that money on to someone.’’
Information about last week’s burglary should be given to Porirua police, 238 1400. Darryl Ellis can be contacted at 234 1082.