Lock the doors, bolt the windows and secure the services of something large, four-legged, fanged and furry, says Ciaran Warner. Thieves are doing the rounds in Gordonton Superette once again.
The first recent intrusion came Saturday before last when two men shattered the front glass of the dairy, setting off the alarm and alerting several nearby dogs and a neighbour.
The dogs promptly began a fine chorus of barks and said neighbour rushed to investigate, prompting the burglars to flee before they had the chance to nab anything.
Dairy owner Sudha Patel described the intruders as two young men making a poor attempt to look like one person by standing behind each other.
“One stood outside, the other stood inside, and when our neighbour came over to see what was happening, the one outside warned the other one and they ran,” Ms Patel said.
Since then, several other residents have had their homes broken into, said Gordonton local Haley O’Donoghue.
Mrs O’Donoghue, a teacher aide at the Gordonton School, said she will be taking control of a Community Support/Neighbourhood Watch group in order to deter thieves. She said the woman formerly running the group, who had been burgled herself, had understandably “had enough” and moved away.
Mrs O’Donoghue also said she will be organising the first meeting of this support group.
It was around this time last year that the homes of several Gordonton residents were broken into and burgled, including the local dairy.
However, the scoundrels in question were soon located and corralled after a police sniffer dog traced them to a nearby house. The persistent dog, along with its sharp-eyed handler, soon spotted a toe sticking out of the insulation.
This lead to the discovery of several thousand dollars’ worth of tobacco and cigarettes nicked from the dairy and stashed in the roof crawlspace, along with the toe’s owner, who was making a less than brainy attempt to hide.
So while we may not be dealing with the sharpest of thieves, keep a sharp eye on your valuables, dearest readers.
Watch this space for more information on Gordonton’s Neighbourhood Watch.