Topics:  robbery, service nsw, state of origin 2013, tweed police

One-stop Government shop robbed before it opened

Break in at Service NSW office in South Tweed. Police at the scene.
Break in at Service NSW office in South Tweed. Police at the scene. John Gass

SERVICE NSW new Tweed centre has been robbed before it even opened.

Tradesmen arrived on site at 13-17 Rivendell Dr, Tweed Heads South this morning to discover tools and electrical equipment, including computers, missing.

A concrete bollard has been ripped from the ground, possibly by a vehicle used by the perpetrators.

"They took everything, our tools as well," site manager Phil Vagg said.

"The boys are all missing tools and a lot of electrical equipment as well.

"It's a real low act, especially for the tradies to lose all their gear.

"It could've been worse, they could've trashed the place too."

One tradesman, who did not wish to be named, said he had lost about $1000 worth of tools.

"I lost my tools and we lost State of Origin," he said.

Other tradesman on site speculated the thieves may have gained access to the building via a window.

Tweed Heads Police, including detectives, were on site investigating.

A Service NSW spokesman was optimistic and said the robbery would not slow down progress on the centre.

"Service NSW remains committed to delivering improved services to the Tweed Heads community and will react quickly to ensure the centre can open as soon as possible and on schedule," he said.

"The matter has been referred to NSW police who are now investigating the incident."

A NSW Police spokeswoman said specialist police had set up a crime scene.

"At about 7am police attached to the Tweed Byron Local Area Command were called to a premises at Rivendell Dr, Tweed Heads South on reports of a break in," she said.

"A crime scene was established at the scene by specialist officers and they are continuing their inquiries."

Keep watching this report for further details.



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