IT’S been an expensive start to the new year for Kangaroo Flat business owner Jason Marshall.
Vandals smashed two windows at his High Street video store early yesterday morning.
The Family Videoland windows are now boarded up awaiting repairmen to return to work after the Christmas/New Year period. The damage bill is expected to be about the $1000 mark.
Mr Marshall described the vandalism as stupid and costly and had his fingers crossed police caught the offenders before they could target any other businesses.
“I’m hoping no other businesses get done because there’s normally a tradition that when one gets done others get done, too,” he said.
A security company called and informed Mr Marshall about the smashed windows about 3am yesterday.
“It’s not a great way to start the year, that’s for sure,” Mr Marshall said. “But what do you do?
“In one of the windows you can see the impact marks, there’s an impact point (of) probably an inch and a half.
“The security guy reckoned it could have been some kind of hammer.”
Mr Marshall is encouraging anyone with information about the incident to phone police.
“Apparently there was a group of about five teenagers or so out in the back car park area there making a lot of noise,” he said.
“And there was a whole heap of rubbish bins piled onto the main street as well.
“I guess they were out having a bit of a lark. But it’s expensive for us and a nuisance... it’s just stupid.”
Anyone with information about the incident should phone Bendigo police on 5448 1300.
– Hannah Knight