Bak­ery crip­pled for two drinks

Waikato Times - - News - CAITLIN MOORBY AND PHILLIPA YALDEN

A small-town bak­ery has been crip­pled for the sake of two en­ergy drinks.

The Bake­house Cafe in Te Kauwhata had its front door smashed in overnight and two en­ergy drinks were the only items stolen.

Owner Chantu Nob woke to a se­cu­rity alert on her phone at 2.30am yes­ter­day, got in her car and raced down to the Waikato store in her py­ja­mas.

‘‘I thought I’d be able to catch the peo­ple,’’ Nob said.

‘‘There was bro­ken glass ev­ery­where,’’ she said. ‘‘They smashed the whole front door and it’s a very big door.

‘‘I don’t think they even touched the till. They just took the drinks and took off.’’

Nob be­lieves the ram raiders re­versed into the front of her shop, as the car’s rear lights were in pieces on the floor.

‘‘There’s a wooden pole in the mid­dle of the store, which helps sup­port the roof. That’s been bro­ken down so we’ve had to shut for safety.’’

Nob hopes the pole will be re­paired over the next two days, so she can re­open as soon as pos­si­ble.

She es­ti­mates the dam­age to be be­tween $4000 and $5000.

‘‘I hope it’s no more. Con­tents in­sur­ance isn’t go­ing to cover it be­cause they didn’t take any­thing.

‘‘Hope­fully my land­lord will help though.’’

Nob has owned the The Bake­house Cafe for the past four-anda-half years and has never been robbed be­fore.

Her bak­ery wasn’t the only busi­ness tar­geted overnight.

The of­fend­ers al­legedly robbed a petrol sta­tion on the Bom­bay Hills af­ter the Te Kauwhata raid.

‘‘There is a bit of cross-bor­der ac­tiv­ity and po­lice from both dis­tricts will be work­ing on these mat­ters,’’ Waikato po­lice Se­nior Sergeant Phil Rud­dell said.

Three of the four peo­ple al­legedly be­hind the early morn­ing crimes were ar­rested in South Auck­land early yes­ter­day.

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