Safe stolen, smashed


Not so safe: The twisted remains of the stolen safe, opened with hand tools.
Not so safe: The twisted remains of the stolen safe, opened with hand tools.

A WANGARA business’s safe proved ineffective when thieves pried it from its restraints and destroyed it in a nearby carpark, stealing thousands of dollars recently.

And police are frustrated people seemingly ignored the mangled security cabinet when it was left lying conspicuously in a public area for days.

Sergeant Chris Wride has reminded residents to report anything of the sort as soon as they see it to help with forensic examination.

He said the person who reported it last Wednesday had told them it was first noticed a number of days beforehand.

“Any forensic activity there would have been wiped,” he said.

“We just want to remind people to give us a call straight away.”

Burglars had smashed a window at a nearby second-hand car dealership on Sunday, May 22 to steal the safe.

While Sgt Wride did not want specific details of how the offenders destroyed the safe disclosed, he said they were able to use a hand tool, rather than a powered one.

He advised businesses to buy good quality safes because cheap ones were too easily breached.