12 April 2012

Goodna Veterans fuming over thefts

Secretary of the Veterans Support and
Advocacy Service in Goodna
Reg Bond (front) with
Syd Hockley, Tony Beaven
and Bob Stumer (l-r)
at the shed which has been
targeted by thieves.

A CLOSE-KNIT group of Ipswich veterans are fuming over the fourth break-in at their makeshift Goodna home since the 2011 floods.

The Veterans Support and Advocacy Service Australia (VSASA) Ipswich branch was forced to vacate its permanent headquarters at the RSL Services Club on Woogaroo St following last year's floods.

Their new meeting place - a shed across the road from the Goodna RSL on Peel St - has been repeatedly targeted by "low-life" over the last 15 months, with cash, equipment and food stolen.

In the latest break-in, early last week, the thieves took cans of soft drink, jars of vegemite and peanut butter and club shirts and merchandise.

Members said the gear, worth no more than a few hundred dollars, was hauled away in a garbage bin.

While it doesn't sound like a lot, branch secretary Reg Bond said it took a lot of work to fundraise enough money to replace the stolen items.

"Obviously we are an easy target here," Mr Bond said.

"We've had four of these break-ins now. This low-life should front up to the Anzac Day parade. They can hang their heads in shame as we march past and remember our mates and those who have lost their lives so this scum can live in freedom."

A backdoor to the shed was jemmied open in the latest break-in, however thieves haven't always had to break in to the shed to get what they're after.

In a previous theft, the offenders cut through padlocks to steal a generator from a mobile barbecue trailer that was parked next to the shed.

The trailer is now parked at one of the members' houses to keep it away from thieving hands.

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