Break-ins at Drake Hotel

Owners of the Drake Hotel, Desley and Bob Kane, have had six break-ins over the past 12 months, but said they hit a new low last Sunday night when somebody stole the Life Saver Rescue Helicopter charity tin off the bar.

"We've been here for 10 years and it (the break-ins) has never happened before," Desley said. "You can't claim them because the insurance premium and excess keeps going up and now we have to pay the first $2000."

She said most of the break-ins involved people smashing their way in and stealing as much booze as possible in a short period of time.

"They usually get in and get out within a couple of minutes but they smash a lot of stuff, so as well as the cost, you've got a big mess to clean up... Every time we hear a noise now we fly out of bed," Desley said.

She said the robbery on Sunday was a bit different.

It occurred at around 10pm as they were just about to close the doors of the pub. A carload of people came in wanting some takeaways. When Bob was in the cool room they snatched the charity tin from off the bar.

"There would have been over $200 in there. We've got a couple of customers who have used the helicopter service and one of them always puts a dollar or two in every time he buys a drink. I know it was full," Desley said.

When Bob came out of the cool room the people said they didn't have enough money and tried to haggle $10 off the price. They were told to leave and sat in their car for a few minutes with the music up loud. Desley says she now thinks they must have been getting the lid of the charity tin because they then came back five minutes later with the correct money.

"It's really below the belt when they start hitting the charity tin," Desley said.

The incident was captured on the pub's security cameras and has been reported to the police, who also have the car registration details and descriptions of the suspects.

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