Warning for Golden Bean thieves

REPAIRS: The Golden Bean on Friday morning.

REPAIRS: The Golden Bean on Friday morning.

THE OWNER of the Golden Bean has a warning for thieves who targeted the business: come forward or be exposed.

The business, which is located near Lake Weeroona, was targeted between 9pm Thursday and 5am Friday.

Owner Ron Kopp said footage from a nearby business would be released if the culprits did not hand themselves in.

“I’d advise these people to confess before they’re exposed,” he said.

“I’d advise these people to give themselves up otherwise, if this footage is of use, we’ll put it out into the media to identify them.”

The thieves disabled the alarm system in the building by ripping out electrical wires.

Police dusted for fingerprints Friday morning.

TARGET: Thieves disabled security by ripping out electrical wires. Picture: PETER WEAVING

TARGET: Thieves disabled security by ripping out electrical wires. Picture: PETER WEAVING

While the offenders took only a small amount of cash, Mr Kopp said $15,000 of damage had been caused.

“The money is minimal,” he said.

“We don’t have money sitting onsite, it’s more the damage and the disruption to the business.

“The till system has been ripped out.

“It’s very annoying and it’s obviously a disruption to business.”

The Golden Bean opened around 9.45am Friday instead of the normal 5am start.

The front window facing the lake was targeted.

“It was a very interesting choice,” Mr Kopp said.

“Someone may have seen a car at that time of night or someone may have seen someone carrying something.

“Interestingly, they left a Good Friday Appeal tin which probably had more money than what they took.”

Staff had to borrow a cash register from the Kangaroo Flat store in order to trade. 

Anyone with information can contact Bendigo Police on 5448 1300 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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