Dou­ble bur­glary at Bay squash club

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Conelia Harry

VELDEN­VLEI Squash Club suf­fered a dou­ble blow last week when the fa­cil­ity was twice bur­gled and stripped of cop­per pip­ing and bath­room fit­tings.

The first strike was on Wed­nes­day when the brazen rob­bers dam­aged a bur­glar bar and gained en­try through the win­dow, stripped the bath­rooms and change rooms of all the metal fit­tings and cop­per pip­ing and broke sev­eral sink basins in the process.

Dam­aged pipes caused flood­ing in­side the premises and water over­flowed into the squash courts, caus­ing sub­stan­tial dam­age to the wooden floors.

Pipes at the fa­cil­ity’s geyser room were also cut, leav­ing water gush­ing for hours.

The elec­tric­ity sup­ply was down at the fa­cil­ity and it is be­lieved the crim­i­nals could also have tam­pered with power ca­bles.

Re­turn­ing on Thurs­day af­ter­noon, they dam­aged a dif­fer­ent bur­glar bar and com­pletely re­moved the win­dow pane to gain en­try and steal the re­main­der of the bath­room, tap fit­tings and cop­per pip­ing.

Wiring and ca­bles in­side the build­ing were also re­moved and ceil­ing boards were dam­aged when they en­tered through the trap door to lo­cate the geyser and steal the cop­per con­nec­tions.

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