Porirua businesses plagued by break-ins
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.
One of three attacks on Curry Village in Hartham Place North.