The owner of Clunes IGA has been left frustrated after the store has fallen victim to theft twice in as many months following a break-in earlier this week.
The store’s alarm system was tripped at 1.40 am Monday morning as two men forced the front doors open and stole packets of cigarettes before fleeing in a dark coloured vehicle when the store owner arrived.
The news comes after what’s believed to be the town’s only publically accessible defibrillator was stolen from outside the Service Street premises in the past two months.
Clunes IGA owner Dianne Hill said the store has been a “hive of activity”, with the latest incident causing substantial damage to the store.
“The more I look the more things I see that have been damaged and the cost in damage goes up,” she said.
“I’ve got a window in the front of the shop that’s got a huge crack through it now, the door jamb and the front door are pretty much stuffed, the register bench is damaged, the registers are damaged, I’ve lost smokes and the smokes stand is basically unusable and needs to be replaced. The list just goes on.”
For more on this story see Page 3 of The Advertiser, Friday, November 1