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Det S/C Hadley also acknowledged
there had been a spate of burglaries in
the area recently.
“The community has had issues with
crooks coming down from Melbourne
and taking advantage of the quieter lo-
“We’ve had the burglary at the
Poowong school (29 laptops stolen,
December 17, 2017) and Korumburra
Video (cash/cigarettes January 2) in re-
cent times. Whether they are related I
couldn’t say at this point.”
Mr Hadley said police would be re-
viewing CCTV footage and would be
interested in seeing other video surveil-
lance, plus anything local community
members might have seen.
Call Bass Coast CIU on 5671 4100
or Crimestoppers anonymously on
1800 333 000.
A spokesperson for the hotel said the
incident had been disturbing.
They confirmed that someone had
responded to the alarm and chased the
offender out of the hotel and that he’d
run off down the street to a waiting car.
The spokesperson said the man had
been behind the bar when the hotel’s
security person arrived.
They said he had already removed
some undisclosed items from the ho-
tel, reportedly including cash which he
escaped with, but was disturbed in the
process of taking other items.
“All I can say is that it has been re-
ported to police that the offender was a
The spokesperson said the person
involved in the incident was shocked
but also “pissed off ” that the hotel, and
other premises in the town, had been
targeted by the thieves.
Mark Holmes, the owner of Korum-
burra Car Co, said the burglars had
also hit the historic Boston’s garage,
used as an office for Korumburra Car
Co and also a motor vehicle repairer.
“As far as I can tell, they’ve started
here, gone up to try to get into the
hardware and then gone to the pub
where they’ve set off the alarm,” Mr
“[Name] has come up to investigate
and he’s finished up having an alterca-
tion with the guy out in the street.
“He’s got his beanie hat off him but
he’s got away.
“[Name] said he was ‘high as a kite’
and there was no point trying to hold
“His mate was down here by Cos-
son’s in a white ute waiting for him.
“They’ve got good CCTV footage of
him so I’d say there’s a good chance
they’ll catch them,” Mr Holmes said.
Police have however queried this
chain of events claiming the burglary
at Bostons and the attempted burglary
at the hardware store may have hap-
pened earlier in the weekend.
Mr Holmes said the staff at Korum-
burra Car Co and the associated ve-
hicle and tractor repairs business were
shocked and devastated by the theft
and the mess left by perpetrators.
“They’ve jemmied their way through
the front door and emptied one of the
outside wheelie bins of all its rubbish
in here (on the showroom floor) and
used the bin to take the stuff out.
“They’ve gone through absolutely
every drawer in the place looking for
money and valuables and turned ev-
erything out on the ground.”
The place on Monday morning was
a mess with files, paperwork and
equipment strewn all over the floor
in the various offices of the motor re-
pair firm in Korumburra’s Radovick
Police asked the firm not to touch
anything until they’d completed their
investigations on the scene.
“The worst thing is they’ve got into
the secure office area and stolen all
of the mechanic’s expensive scanning
and diagnostic tools.
“They’ve also taken all of the ap-
prentices own tools which would be
worth $3000 or more.
“Lots of the other tools have also
been taken,” he said.
“They’ve taken my camera and
they’ve even taken the Rotary club’s
cash box we were collecting the pro-
ceeds from the art auction in. I don’t
know, maybe $400 to $500.
“It’s a complete mess. The first time
we’ve ever had a break-in,” said Mr
“They were apparently wearing
gloves, so they won’t have left many
“They didn’t touch any of the car
keys that we laid out here. Or this set
of ‘Burra2’ number plates.
“They’ve obviously been disturbed,
probably with [name] taking the oth-
er bloke on because they’ve left a bin
full of other equipment in here. But
they did get away with quite a lot. I
hope they get them.
“I’ve called the police twice this
morning. They’re probably coming
across from Wonthaggi. So there’s not
a lot we can do until they get here.”
Fearful burglary shocks Korumburra
Korumburra Car Co proprietor Mark Holmes arrived to find his office,
and the rest of the Boston’s garage in a complete mess but what was as
galling as anything was the loss of proceeds from a Rotary Club Art Show
Thieves dumped the contents
of a street bin on Boston’s show-
room floor and then used the bin
to transfer stolen tools equipment
and cash to a waiting white util-
ity car, parked outside Cosson’s
plumbers further down the street.
There was nothing scientific
about the way the thieves gained
access to the Middle Hotel and
Boston’s garage but they couldn’t
jemmy open access at the Burra
Hardware Store where they also at-
tempted a break-in. m560218
Police interview staff at the
Middle Hotel as they investigate a
brazen burglary in the town in the
early hours of Monday morning.
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