Thefts end in club’s closure
When Tokoroa Bowling Club members attended a recent committee meeting little did they know what lay beneath them.
Or the lack of what lay beneath them.
Sometime from Queen’s Birthday Weekend to Wednesday, June 8, copper pipes under the clubrooms in the South Waikato town’s Chambers St were stolen. The culprits are yet to be apprehended.
Manager Wayne Jowett said the club has been left shocked by the theft.
‘‘The club was having a meeting and came over to the Tokoroa Club and said they had no gas or water so we called Steve Norman Plumbing,’’ he said.
‘‘They couldn’t see anything upstairs in the club so they went and had a look under the club to see what was happening. Five minutes later they came back and said a large number of copper pipes had been ripped out.’’
Jowett said although the club has insurance it has had to shut until repair work can be carried out.
‘‘Effectively the bowling club is shut until such a time as it is repaired. There is no water and there is no gas,’’ he said.
He said he was dumbfounded as to why someone would target the club.
Acting area response manager sergeant Brett Watene said although the police spent substantial time investigating the incident inquires have come to ‘‘a dead end’’.
‘‘Forensic work came back negative on the pipes left behind at the scene and no suspects have been identified,’’ he said.
Watene said it was common for thieves to target copper.
‘‘There are occasions through this patch that we do get spikes in copper being stolen but this has been an isolated case,’’ he said.
He said both commercial and residential properties can be hit and advised people to have adequate security in place.
‘‘CCTV is really good but it is expensive so dogs and alarms are still the best option for most people,’’ he said.
Watene also recommended people get involved in a Neighbourhood Support group.
If you have any information about the incident contact the Tokoroa Police Station on 885 0100 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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Copper pipes from under the Tokoroa Bowling Club have been stolen forcing its temporary closer.