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Thieves target local scouts and food bank

THE New Norfolk Scouts and the Community Pantry are the latest community groups targeted in the ongoing spate of burglaries in the town. The New Norfolk Neighbourhood Watch group urges all victims of crime to report their incidents to police so a complete picture of the situation can be put together.

The New Norfolk Scout Group today revealed that the scout hall on Derwent Terrace had been broken into, sometime between Sunday afternoon and Tuesday night. A number of tents and other camping items were stolen and a mess was made in the premises.

“Our leaders and committee members have pulled together to do our best to clean up the mess left in the den and set things right so our Joeys, Cubs and Scouts can continue to enjoy their time at the den and learn and participate in their programs,” a spokesperson posted on Facebook.

Our Community Pantry president Samantha Sayers referred to 15 recent burglaries in the town when she posted a video statement about a break-in at her charity’s premises in Circle St at about 2.30am today, (August 31). “Our vital service has been the latest target of the thieves in the Derwent Valley,” she said. “We have now been left unable to operate. Not only did they steal a significant amount of stock, but they also took vital operating equipment and cash. This has left us heartbroken.”

The list of items stolen from Our Community Pantry includes a laptop, three tablet computers, cash boxes, a mobile phone, cash, shopping baskets and crates, as well as stock including: kitchen knives and scissors, batteries, socks, slippers, gloves, electric shavers, Ferrero Roche chocolates, car care products, Father’s Day packs, toiletries, cleaning products, meat, vegetables, orange juice, milk, cheese, salami, chilled dog and cat food, pizzas, National Pies, various frozen products, washing powder, toiletry gift packs, plastic straws, various homewares, confectionery
and snack foods, coffee, cereal, cans of cordial, packet soup, rice, sauces and other condiments, spices, packet pasta mixes, body wash, razors, shampoo and conditioner, toothbrushes, dog collars, garbage bags and slippers.

Video and DNA evidence from the pantry burglary has been provided to the police. Anyone with information about either of these incidents is asked to contact Tasmania Police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information can be given anonymously.

It is understood that video evidence was also obtained from the latest burglary at the Tynwald Park sports clubrooms last week, when property including the New Norfolk Junior Football Club mascot was stolen.

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