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Burglars raid Caledonian Hotel

The owners of Echuca’s Caledonian Hotel have been left rattled by a burglary early Monday.

IVY WISE May 28, 2014 7:26am

Caledonian Hotel owner Melissa Brooks

The owners of Echuca’s Caledonian Hotel have been left rattled by a burglary early Monday.

Thieves broke into the hotel, on the corner of Hare and Darling streets, about 3am and stole $5500 in change.

Owner Melissa Brooks said video footage showed three offenders wearing dark hoodies and gloves breaking into a locked office and locked cupboard.

‘‘I believe they had been casing it for a while because they knew exactly where to go,’’ Mrs Brooks said.

‘‘It’s awful. I feel like we are being watched. It makes you feel uneasy.

‘‘I keep thinking: ‘Are they going to come back?’

‘‘Everyone’s disappointed.

‘‘The fact that someone has been in here, it makes you feel violated.’’

Owning the hotel with husband Dean for the past 10 years, Mrs Brooks said there was also the financial impact.

‘‘It will make it hard this week.

‘‘It’s harder to pay bills, insurance premiums go up.

‘‘It’s a snowball effect,’’ she said.

‘‘We also lost business as we couldn’t open until the police had done their investigations.’’

Mrs Brooks said she planned to increase security at the hotel to prevent further break-ins.

‘‘We won’t be an easy target anymore,’’ she said.

Sergeant Justin McAuley of Echuca police said the offenders left the hotel through the Darling St exit before running off in a westerly direction.

Sgt McAuley said detectives had fingerprinted the scene on Monday morning and the Criminal Investigation Unit was investigating.

‘‘If anyone saw anything or has any information, they can call us at the station on 54822255 or Crime Stoppers (1800333000),’’ he said.

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