Child­care cen­tre bur­gled

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The kids at First Five Early Child­hood Cen­tre can’t un­der­stand why some­one would steal from them.

The cen­tre, based in the old Porirua Hospi­tal grounds, re­cently took pos­ses­sion of a bar­be­cue, do­nated by one of the chil­dren’s par­ents.

‘‘It was great – some­thing we could use at garage sales and other events to have a sausage siz­zle and raise a few ex­tra dol­lars,’’ cen­tre su­per­vi­sor Jenni Ma­son says.

They only had the bar­be­cue a week, how­ever, be­fore thieves broke in to their garage and took it.

Bulbs from se­cu­rity lights were re­moved and a bolt­cut­ter was used to get through the door. Other items in the garage were over­looked, lead­ing Ms Ma­son to spec­u­late the thieves knew what they were af­ter.

It was stolen be­tween May 8 and May 11.

‘‘We didn’t no­tice it had gone for a few days be­cause they put the door and the cut pad­lock back the way it was. My first re­ac­tion was ‘you mis­er­able bas­tards’, they’re steal­ing from chil­dren,‘‘ she says.

‘‘Ev­ery dol­lar we have goes back into mak­ing this a bet­ter en­vi­ron­ment for the kids and some­thing like the bar­be­cue was go­ing to help us do that.’’

The cen­tre has a $ 500 in­sur­ance ex­cess so it’s not worth­while to make a claim.

Call Porirua Po­lice on 238 1400 or First Five on 237 4093 with any in­for­ma­tion.

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