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Business overwhelmed by community support

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June 22, 2017

The owners of Ambience Bakery Cafe have been left disappointed and frustrated after the business was burgled on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

The owners of Ambience Bakery Cafe have been left disappointed and frustrated after the business was burgled on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

Two offenders broke into the business at 2am on the Sunday morning, stealing a small amount of cash and a charity donations tin.

For owners David and Tamara Bate, however, it was the fact that they stole time away from their family which was the most frustrating part.

Mrs Bate said the two men had disabled the security light at the rear of the building, rendering the security camera unable to see their faces, which were uncovered at the time.

‘‘We’ve got them on our CCTV cameras inside, but they’re all covered up and you can’t see their faces,’’ she said.

They’ve then broken in via a security door, and damaged and broken the tills at the counter to take the cash drawers.

‘‘As they’ve left, they’ve shone the torch around to quickly look, and they’ve spotted the charity tin and gone back for that,’’ Mrs Bate said.

‘‘It probably had about $200 in it for the dairy farmers, and that’s really disappointing, especially because it had all been donated by the local community.’’

Footage from a security camera at Mogg Osborne shows the two males meeting up with two girls outside,

Thankfully, there was no-one there at the time and the burglary was discovered by a staff member later that morning, with police called as well.

It’s understood the offenders were different people to the one involved at the Lebners’ property, although the tills from Ambience were found behind the Cobram-Koonoomoo Rd property.

Mrs Bate said they’d been overwhelmed by the support from the community following a post shared on the bakery’s Facebook page, which reached more than 11500 people.

‘‘The support from everyone has been amazing,’’she said.

‘‘So we could open that day, the newsagents lent us one of their tills, and Presto Pizza have lent us one until we can get ours replaced.

‘‘We were also amazed by the number of people who offered to help clean up or do what they could, and the number of people who came in to buy something and support us when we opened.’’

Mrs Bate said one of the most disappointing thing was how much time they’d lost in recovering from the incident, with quotes for repairs to be completed, arranging additional security and more.

Like the Lebner family, the Bates are also warning people to be aware and vigilant of any suspicious activity.

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