Businesses damaged in break in
EXCELSIOR Meats manager Steve Busiko couldn’t figure out why someone would want to break into his parents business and “trash the place” in the early hours of yesterday morning.
The business was one in a string of break and enters on the street that saw meat products pulled out of freezers, eggs smashed and glass broken.
But nothing was stolen, business owners say.
Police have charged a local man in his 20s with three counts of alleged break and enter and say another man will be questioned tomorrow for the offences.
The Thai Seabreeze Takeaway next door to Excelsior Meats was also broken into, the lock off the business’ rear freezer was smashed off and seafood thrown on the floor of the premises.
Next door the Excelsior Fresh fruit store had its roller door broken when the offenders gained entry. But the business was equipped with an alarm and security cameras, which alerted police to the presence of an intruder about 3.50am and helped them catch a suspect.
“It’s pretty ridiculous,” said Rema Pooley Excelsior Fresh’s owner.
Mr Pooley said it was the second time in six months the business had been broken into, the first time the offender made off with the till.
The break-in left Excelsior Meats in disarray after their front door was smashed and products were strewn around the store. Meat was pulled out of the freezer, eggs were smashed and sausage dye that looked like blood was all over the floor.
The offenders had walked over the counter of the shop and left red foot prints everywhere.
Oven elements and a change drawer was taken from the premises but later found nearby, with the money (about $40) still inside.
Mr Busiko said because police were on the scene so early the frozen meat in cryovac packaging was able to be saved; the same went for the seafood from the Thai Seabreeze Takeaway.
But he was in the store from 4am yesterday cleaning up the mess.