Shepparton News

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SHEPPARTON BUSINESS CLOSED IN LOCKDOWN SUFFERS DOUBLE BLOW WITH BREAK-IN

- By MONIQUE PRESTON

A Shepparton business that has had to close because of COVID-19 lockdowns has been delivered another blow after it was broken into in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Thieves smashed the front door of Intersport Shepparton in Fraser St and snatched clothing and bags from the store.

A small amount of cash was also taken.

Yesterday, store owner Gary ‘Nipper’ Harvey was doing a stocktake of what was stolen and said he believed it would be between $500 to $1000 worth of items.

Mr Harvey said the thieves emptied racks of women’s and men’s hoodies and tracksuit pants, and also took about five T-shirts and some caps and socks.

A lot of the items are Nike Jordan branded.

Mr Harvey said he was disappoint­ed in the thieves who had made what was a hard time for small business owners even more difficult.

‘‘It’s just the timing of it (coming in lockdown),’’ he said.

‘‘What type of person thinks it’s okay to target a locally owned business who is entering a fourth week of no trade due to the current lockdown?

‘‘What type of person does this to a locally owned business that employs local people and sponsors multiple organisati­ons in the area?

‘‘What type of person deliberate­ly causes this sort of heartache to other people in their own community?

‘‘People who do this don’t have concepts of COVID and small business (problems because of it).

‘‘They don’t get it. It’s been a real battle.’’

WHAT TYPE OF PERSON THINKS IT’S OKAY TO TARGET A LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESS WHO IS ENTERING A FOURTH WEEK OF NO TRADE DUE TO THE CURRENT LOCKDOWN? . . . PEOPLE WHO DO THIS DON’T HAVE CONCEPTS OF COVID AND SMALL BUSINESS (PROBLEMS BECAUSE OF IT). — GARY ‘NIPPER’ HARVEY

 ?? Pictures: Rodney Braithwait­e ?? Shattered: Intersport Shepparton owner Gary ‘Nipper’ Harvey is disappoint­ed thieves targeted his business while it is already closed due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
Pictures: Rodney Braithwait­e Shattered: Intersport Shepparton owner Gary ‘Nipper’ Harvey is disappoint­ed thieves targeted his business while it is already closed due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
 ??  ?? Damage: The broken front door of Intersport Shepparton.
Damage: The broken front door of Intersport Shepparton.

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