Local shop owner’s worst nightmare come true

Local shop owner’s worst nightmare come true

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Anyone with information about this break-in is asked to call Crime Stoppers.

A local shop owner was awoken earlier this week with a call nobody ever wants to receive – his shop had been targeted by thieves. 

Lakeside Fresh IGA owner Matthew Pham said he originally ignored the call from a private number when it rang about 2.30am on Tuesday morning but listening to the voicemail a few minutes later was his ‘worst nightmare come true’. 

Two thieves, one dressed in an orange jacket, broke into the Byford store, smashing the window in the early hours of the morning. 

Fortunately for Mr Pham CCTV security captured the break-in. However, the thieves were able to get away with a few stolen items. 

“They couldn’t break into the cigarette cabinet, thankfully, but they managed to steal some phone accessories and batteries,” he said. 

“The two offenders were on a quad bike which is believed to have been stolen from a property in Thatcher Road about 11pm on Monday.” 

Mr Pham said it was disappointing that people felt the need to spoil what is a great community. 

“Luckily we didn’t have to close,” he said.

“We got here at 3am and in a couple of hours we were able to get the store ready to go and trade again for a 7am start. 

“Byford is a great community and it’s the small minority that spoil it for others.” 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online and quote reference number 280120 0320 15634.