Western Leader : February 16th 2012
www.aucklandnow.co.nz Thursday, February 16, 2012 NEWMARKET 09 522 1283 49 Remuera Rd (Opp. Dick Smith) Free Parking HENDERSON 09 836 1731 371 GREAT NORTH ROAD (OPP. WESTFIELD MALL) OREWA 09 426 5022 Hillary Square, 12 Florence Ave (next to AA Centre) FREE EYE EXAM* *WITH GLASSES PURCHASED All glasses have one year manufacture warranty 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed Member of NZ Association of Optometrists NZ FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1978 Affordable Quality Eyecare for Everyone Not impressed: Grant Campbell, left, and Richard Cooper are surprised the Avondale fire station was burgled while they were out on a job on Sunday. Photo: JASON OXENHAM Fire crew's gear gone By RHIANNON HORRELL LAPTOPS, mobile phones and cash are among items missing after the Avondale fire station was hit by thieves on Sunday. Four firefighters were on duty and had gone out to battle a large garage fire in Pt Chevalier when the cheeky thieves struck about midday. The crew was made up of senior firefighters Richard Cooper and Grant Campbell, Pitt St senior station officer Sulu Devoe who was filling in at Avondale and fire- fighter Tristan Saunders. There was a fire call down at Huia Rd. We were there for two hours, Mr Cooper says. When we came back we were about to have lunch when Grant said someone had flogged his laptop. Mr Cooper went to check his own room and they realised they d been burgled. We go out to help people and this is what happens. In my 27 years here this has never happened before. Mr Cooper says he s lost $1900 worth of possessions including his laptop. He says it may pay to have more locks on certain doors in the building. Mr Campbell has lost $3000 worth of belongings including an iPhone and laptop--am ajor incon- venience because he runs a business from the two devices. It s a pain. We go out to help people and we re doing our bit and then this. My wages from Sunday will pay for my insurance excess. Avondale police senior sergeant Ross Endicott- Davies says the burglary is about as low as you can get for a group providing a com- munity service . People have entered the unattended station and taken two laptops and three cellphones from members of the duty shift. Residents who saw anyone in the area are urged to get in touch with police. The Avondale crew was out on Sunday assisting with a clothes dryer that caught fire in the Pt Chevalier garage. Mr Cooper says they had to move quickly because the blaze was threatening other houses. The people there brought us a case of ginger beer. The residents were grateful the fire wasn t worse. A motorbike was salvaged but a lot of personal belongings and tools stored in the garage were damaged. The Avondale station is not the first to be targeted by thieves. The Mt Wellington base was hit in February 2009 when specialist extrac- tion equipment was taken from the side of a fire truck. The high-tech equipment is usually used for cutting people out of car wrecks and may have been taken for illegal purposes. It was eventually recovered. Call 302-6400 and ask for sergeant Russell Richards of the Avondale police tactical crime unit if you saw anyone entering or exiting the Avon- dale fire station at 162 Block- house Bay Rd between 11am and 1pm on Sunday.
February 14th 2012
February 17th 2012