Harness club has ‘had enough’

ARARAT - The Ararat Harness Racing Club has been left reeling after another break-in at its premises that has come just two months after offenders caused more than $20,000 damage during a rampage.

Vice president Bob Collins said the committee and volunteer members are at a loss to explain the latest break-in and have collectively 'had enough'.

The clubrooms have been broken into at least six times in the last eight months. The combined damage bill from each of the incidents totals in excess of $30,000.

"We just can't afford to have to continue to make these repairs and we can no longer claim any of it on insurance," Mr Collins said.

"As a club all of the work we do is voluntary and I am just sick of it!

"I can understand why people don't want to have anything to do with community clubs when you have to keep dealing with this, because you shouldn't have to."

Mr Collins was alerted to the break-in early Thursday morning.

New doors to replace those that were destroyed in the last break-in were again set upon with between $2,000 and $2,500 worth of damage caused. Offenders also escaped with six cans of beer.

Close Circuit Television cameras were installed in the wake of the January break in and will provide police with clues as they investigate the latest incident.

Mr Collins said he was appalled to hear that offenders who stole alcohol in some of the other break-ins have been brazen enough to post videos online gloating about what they had stolen.

"We are passed wondering what is going to happen next, we no longer know what the answer is, what happens now is really dependant on police action," he said.

Anyone with information on the latest break-in should contact Ararat CIU or Crimestoppers 1800 333 000.


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