IT SOUNDS like a joke, but it certainly happened — someone has gone to the effort of breaking into the local recycling centre and making away with several thousand dollars worth of goods.
Heathcote Transfer Station’s office was broken into, its safe cut open and several power tools were taken.
In addition, one worker’s jar of chutney was smashed on the floor and a bottle of tomato sauce was stolen.
“Whoever has done this, bring back my tomato sauce,” the unnamed worker said.
The robbery comes just 10 months after the transfer station’s workshop was broken into and several Makita power tools were taken.
The incident is being investigated by Bendigo Criminal Investigation Unit.
Detective Wendy Turner said the break-and-enter occurred between 5.40 pm on March 4 and 7.45 am on March 5.
She said an amount of money was taken from the till and from the safe.
The McIvor Times believes the amount stolen to be about $1500.
Sergeant Matt Hunt from Heathcote police said any local business owners worried about their security measures were welcome to come to police.
“If anyone wants advice or to discuss their current security, we are happy to help,” Sgt Hunt said.
“I implore business owners to remain vigilant and secure their commercial properties.”
In January, Buddies Op-Shop's shed was broken into twice in five days and numerous donated items were stolen.
Police arrested a local man in regard to the op-shop break ins, but he was not charged.
If you know anything or have seen suspicious behaviour, you can report directly to Heathcote police on 5433 3711 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.