Dairy owner left fear­ful after thefts

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

Suborna Anowar lies awake at night wor­ried about the safety of her chil­dren after her Ti­tahi Bay dairy was tar­geted by a pack of thieves.

The owner of Te Pene Food­mart and mother of four young chil­dren has suf­fered from anx­i­ety and health con­cerns after two thefts last month left her $600 out of pocket.

A third at­tempt was stopped when Anowar no­ticed the men out­side and asked a cus­tomer to stay with her.

‘‘I don’t know how long I can carry on be­cause at this mo­ment I feel very sick. I’m wor­ried and I can’t sleep. I’m not wor­ried about me. I’m wor­ried about my kids,’’ she said.

Porirua Po­lice se­nior sergeant Steve McCormick said Anowar was not the only vic­tim of the group and that three other stores nearby had been tar­geted re­cently.

He said that though footage had led to names be­ing thrown around in relation to the spike in thefts, po­lice had not iden­ti­fied any­one and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was in progress.

‘‘There is some follow-up work be­ing done in relation to the iden­ti­ties,’’ he said.

Anowar said the worst part was that she knew who the men were, but not their names.

Her four se­cu­rity cam­eras caught the thieves on film, but no images clearly show their faces.

Dur­ing the first theft, the men stole corn chips and drinks. In the sec­ond they took a whole tray of ice- cream from her freezer.

Anowar lives be­hind the store and runs it by her­self with no fam­ily support be­cause her hus­band is over­seas.

‘‘ I don’t know any peo­ple be­cause I am new here and I have the business so can’t make any friends.’’

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