Porirua busi­nesses plagued by break-ins

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

Curry Vil­lage in the Porirua CBD has had a hor­ror run-up to Christ­mas.

The restau­rant in Hartham Place North has been bro­ken into three times within 10 days, the last time on the night of Satur­day, De­cem­ber 5.

Van­dals smashed the glass front doors of the premises, forc­ing the own­ers to re­pair the dam­age while con­tin­u­ing to op­er­ate as a busi­ness.

Kapiti Mana Po­lice se­nior sergeant James McKay said po­lice were deal­ing with a group of young peo­ple in re­la­tion to the in­ci­dents and that their in­ves­ti­ga­tions were con­tin­u­ing.

‘‘There have been a few bur­glar­ies in the city cen­tre re­cently and a num­ber of young peo­ple were in­volved.

‘‘Be­cause there is good CCTV footage, we have a pretty good idea who is in­volved,’’ McKay said.

‘‘Be­cause those in­volved are young peo­ple, it does take time, but they will be dealt with.’’

Bak­their Hus­sain, owner of Curry Vil­lage, said that be­sides hav­ing his busi­ness af­fected, quan­ti­ties of al­co­hol and money were taken.

In the sec­ond and third in­ci­dents of­fend­ers stole about 70 bot­tles of wine, beer and spir­its, and about $1000 in cash.

‘‘Ev­ery time it hap­pens I have to pay $1500,’’ said Hus­sain, hint­ing he had had enough.

He said it was the same group of young peo­ple ev­ery time and it was get­ting to a stage where he did not feel com­fort­able leav­ing his busi­ness overnight.

Porirua City Coun­cil op­er­ates 14 CCTV cam­eras in the city cen­tre, with the feed go­ing to mon­i­tors at the Porirua Po­lice Sta­tion. The footage is mon­i­tored by Porirua Com­mu­nity Guardians.

Hus­sain said his own se­cu­rity cam­eras had caught the in­di­vid­u­als in his restau­rant. He would like to have heard more from the po­lice.

Other CBD busi­nesses to be hit re­cently have in­cluded Bil­lis Bou­tique in Cob­ham Court and the for­mer Coin Save.

Fur­ther­more, the Can­nons Creek Sal­va­tion Army head­quar­ters was bro­ken into again late last month.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion had al­ready been hit three times this year. Its fam­ily store in Els­don was also bro­ken into twice.

Sal­va­tion Army cap­tain Dale McFarlane said her heart sank that peo­ple thought they could break in and take things.

‘‘Why would peo­ple tar­get some­one like us? It’s be­yond be­lief,’’ she said.

Be­sides money, a mini fridge, do­nated cloth­ing, a new tele­vi­sion and a DVD player were stolen.

PHOTO: DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

One of three at­tacks on Curry Vil­lage in Hartham Place North.

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