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Charities lose out

Wednesday, 23rd January, 2013

By Kurtis J Eichler

Charities could be the biggest losers from the continuous break-ins at the Sunset Strip Community Hall.

Reeling from the third burglary in little over two months, the Sunset Strip Progress Association is considering holding off donations to the Flying Doctor and Menindee Public School.

On Monday night thieves forced entry to the hall, smashed a window to enter the bar and jemmied open the coolroom door before making off with $980 worth of spirits.

President Dennis Standley said all up the break-ins had cost the association more than $4000 in lost stock and repairs.

On all three occasions spirits had been stolen.

"The hall is starting to look like a jail now; there's mesh on all the windows and chains on all the doors," Mr Standley said.

"Because of these things we've got to keep it more secure."

Mr Standley said security and monitoring systems were also being considered.

But money is hard to come by, as their only fundraising means is the takings from the bar.

"One thousand dollars lost each time takes months to recover because we haven't got the profit of that $1000 worth of stock.

"It'll put us back massively this financial year."

Barrier Local Area Command crime manager, Mick Stoltenberg, said the theft was disappointing.

"This organisation does a great job for the members to offer a service for them to have functions," DI Stoltenberg said yesterday.

"To see them targeted in such a way is very disappointing.

"People must remember that if offences of this nature continue, a service such as this could be put at risk."

Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to contact police or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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