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Victims of burglary feel ‘violated’

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June 15, 2017

Co-owner Jess Finn said the burglary had made it extremely difficult to survive the weekend.

“A long weekend for a small business in winter is make or break. This is what gets us through,” she said.

“Losing so much money — that’s paying our staff — it makes life really difficult.

“You also feel violated. You like to think you can trust your community and someone hurt that.”

Another High St business lost its weekend takings after thieves stole two safes from the shop overnight Monday.

Another safe containing a “substantial amount” of cash was stolen from a High St hotel about 5.30am on Sunday.

Over the weekend, thieves also hit a High St cafe and retail business and a Hare St medical practice and business, stealing food and a small amount of cash, and broke into a car parked in Collier St and stole a backpack.

They also smashed the window of Echuca 208 school’s canteen overnight Sunday and attempted to break into two Pakenham St shops overnight last Tuesday.

An Eyre St home was broken into last weekend, with an Apple Macbook and a pushbike stolen – although that was later found at a North St house.

Detectives are now appealing to the public for help in solving these crimes.

“If you know anything or witnessed any of these crimes, we would urge you to come forward,” Snr Constable Coombs said.

Anyone with information can contact Echuca police on 54831500 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

■Meanwhile, police are still looking for an Echuca man in relation to several burglaries in the Echuca area.

Phillip Bell, 33, has two outstanding warrants for his arrest after failing to appear in court.

Known to visit the Echuca and Healesville areas, Bell is described as about 190cm tall with a medium build, dark shaven hair and stubble.

Anyone who sees Bell or has information about him is urged to contact Echuca police, 000 or Crime Stoppers.

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