May 21st 2007
$10,000 stolen from Island supermarket
Between 10.30pm and 5.30am last night approximately $10,000 was stolen when the Foodworks supermarket in Nelly Bay was broken into.
A clearly disappointed proprietor, Mr Peter Bridgewood, who works seven days per week at the popular supermarket which employs twenty Islanders, told Magnetic Times he felt "pretty sick" when he discovered the break-in had occurred.
According to Magnetic Island Police's Senior Sergeant, Kerry Kraut, the thief or thieves broke in through the roof and made their way to the administration area where they opened the safe. Forensic tests are presently being conducted.
Peter Bridgewood isn't sure yet how much money was taken but expects it will be about $10,000 worth.
The safe included about $1000 from a tattslotto syndicate the staff contribute to, the day's takings as well as money used to stock the ATM which was, according to Peter, more than usual due to a very quiet Sunday for that machine. A quantity of cigarettes was also stolen and keys to the supermarket's delivery truck were also taken.
Peter Bridgewood believes that with the insurance cover the supermarket had they were likely to lose $7,000 worth from their own pockets. He is also very frustrated that he now has to have all the supermarket's locks changed, a new safe installed as well as new locks and keys fitted for the truck.
Police are presently making investigations with residents neighbouring the supermarket and urge anybody who saw or heard anything unusual in the vicinity of the supermarket last night to contact them through Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or at the Police Station on 4778 5270.
Story & Photo: George Hirst
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