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Thieves target tourist mine

Tuesday, 18th September, 2018

By Myles Burt

The Daydream Mine was broken into on Saturday night with burglars sneaking off with more than $8,000 of property.

Owner Beth White found the store ransacked with thieves having stolen an abundance of possessions, ranging from gem trees, amber-sealed scorpions and spiders and even raiding the cupboards for milo, coffee and cold drinks.

“We’ve found the welder’s gone, a whole pile of minerals, some irreplaceable things such as memorabilia, old chemist finds that mum used to have in her chemist box on the farm,” Ms White said.

“They didn’t take all the old memorabilia stuff, just the stuff they could sell off I think.”

With the Daydream store about 30km northwest of Broken Hill, via the Silverton Road, Ms White believes the intruders knew a bit more about the store than the average thief.

“It’s someone that knows us,” Ms White said.

“It’s someone that’s been here and knows exactly where everything was.

“They knew the place.

“We’re definitely not looking at any employees or anything like that because we’ve got good rapport with all our employees.”

Police officers have been fantastic with investigation, having arrived at the scene in no time after being alerted, according to Ms White.

Yet, the intrusion couldn’t have happened at a worse time for the Daydream Mine.

“We had the place ready for school holidays,” Ms White said.

“Now we’ve got a skeleton of things to sell.”

Ms White still manages to hold a positive attitude as they continue their mine tours and are still able to provide some delectable food and beverages for their guests.

“There’s less for people to buy, but there’s still scones,” she said.

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