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Thieves force taxis off the local roads

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April 19, 2018

HEATHCOTE’S taxi service was forced off the road on Monday after thieves broke into its High St office at the weekend.

HEATHCOTE’S taxi service was forced off the road on Monday after thieves broke into its High St office at the weekend.

The thieves ransacked the office, stealing laptops, cash, car keys and a safe.

“A lot of the things they took were hidden – they went through our files and took everything,” Heathcote Taxis’ Karen Barber said.

“They took everything out of the office and cleaned out the fridge; our bread, milk and honey but left the beer there.”

Police said the thieves gained access overnight Sunday by ramming the gates to the property and then forcing the office door open.

It is believed more than one thief was involved in the raid as the safe was fireproof and would require more than one person to lift it.

“They took the safe that has the car keys inside, but they left the key to the safe hanging on the side of the desk. I’m thinking maybe I could do a trade – the safe key for the car keys,” she laughed.

“My concern now is if they approach me to try and get the safe keys – but I don’t have them on me.”

Taxis were still out of action on Tuesday as operators were waiting for the locks to be changed on their vehicles, although the taxi bus was in operation on Monday night.

“The bus was in Bendigo so luckily we can still use it, but I have some out of town jobs I’ll probably have to cancel because we can’t get there,” she said.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to call the Heathcote police station on 5433 3711 or phone Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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