Thieves steal $4000 worth of equipment from Gwelup massage business

Malia Areke at her Gwelup business Areke Remedial after it opened.
Malia Areke at her Gwelup business Areke Remedial after it opened.

THIEVES have stolen thousands of dollars worth of equipment from a Gwelup massage therapist.

Areke Remedial owner Malia Arekediscovered her North Beach Road business had been broken into when she arrived at work with her six-year-old son on Wednesday morning.

“The place was in a bit of a state,” she said.

Ms Areke found she was missing expensive machinery including a TheraGun and electro acupuncture machine, which helped set her business apart from others.

Thieves also stole dry needling supplies, a massage table, tablet and, curiously, the salt rock from a lamp.

She reported the incident to police and is hoping insurance will cover the approximately $4000 value of the equipment, but said the worst aspect was the feeling of violation.

“That’s what rattled me the most, coming in to a place where I help people,” she said.

“I’ve never had that kind of violation before.”

Ms Areke posted about the incident in a local community Facebook group and said the response had lifted her spirits.

“The community support was just beautiful,” she said.

“I had people I don’t know offer to help me out with their (massage) tables.”

She is continuing to operate and urged people to be security conscious.

“If nothing else, it’s a reminder for people even in a good suburb…to just be really vigilant,” she said.

Scarborough Police Senior Sergeant Craig Wanstall said police were investigating the incident and anyone with information should call 131 444.