One of the owners of the Waipukurau bar targeted by thieves twice on the same day says the two crimes show an urgent need for more police in the district.
Thousands in cash was stolen from the Farrier’s Arms on Northumberland St in an early-morning break-in last Tuesday. A few hours later, a man then allegedly attempted to steal money from the bar’s till.
Farrier’s Arms co-owner Joy Cooper was so angered by the crimes she said she would be contacting both Tukituki MP Craig Foss and Wairarapa MP Alastair Scott to demand more police officers for CHB.
In the early-morning break-in just after 5am last Tuesday, a man wearing a cap and hood, with a bandana covering his face, smashed a window at nearby Cervus Equipment to gain entry to the bar. He then kicked a “monstrous” hole in the door of the pub’s office, found the key to a safe and then stole thousands of dollars.
“They must have known the place well, as they knew to go to the office and they managed to find the key for the safe,” said Joy.
A distinctive black and white plastic dog – used as a tip jar – was also stolen in the robbery. Joy said the tips were intended to be given as a gift to a pregnant staff member.
“It’s just so disheartening,” she said.
Just hours later that same day, a man who had been playing the pokie machines in the pub’s gaming room then allegedly attempted to steal money from the bar’s till.
Ms Cooper, who was in the bar’s dining area at the time around 12.45pm, saw the man behind the bar and then chased him out. The man was arrested soon after when he was pulled over by police near Otane just after 1pm.
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