Cafe of­fers re­ward

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

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.

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