Kawakawa train tickets targeted
The theft of $1000 of train tickets from the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway building has prompted a warning to only buy tickets from the Kawakawa station.
Vintage Railway Trust general manager Denis Hewitt says several books of tickets totalling around $1000 were taken from the Railway Station Cafe after a window was smashed to gain access.
The incident was reported to police, who have recorded the numbers of the stolen tickets, he says. A police spokesperson says the break in happened at 3.30am on February 17. Hewitt says anyone who attempts to use the stolen tickets will be rejected.
‘‘It’s just annoying - we are a volunteer outfit trying to run a competent railway. Because they [the tickets] are stolen they aren’t worth the paper they are printed on.’’
Hewitt says the income from the concession tickets provide the charitable organisation’s main source of income.
Guard and trustee for the vintage railway Anne Leitch says it is very disappointing that the people involved with causing damage can’t focus on something constructive.
‘‘It’s a bit of a let down for the sake of the community,’’ she says.
Any information about the break in can be reported to Kawakawa Police 09 404 3150 or anonymously to Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.
Bay of Islands Vintage Railway general manager Denis Hewitt says it is annoying to be the victim of vandalism and break-ins.