Thieves shatter business dream
IT’S BEEN a major drawcard for adrenaline junkies since opening earlier this year but unfortunately for Homestead Wakepark owners Paul Jacobsen and Jason Cooke their little piece of paradise has also attracted thoughtless thieves.
Yesterday Mr Jacobsen arrived at the park, which is part of the Susan River Homestead, to find more than $3500 worth of stock and cash had been stolen from the office.
What’s even more devastating for the tight-knit team is the loss of their camera which featured hundreds of yet to be downloaded photos of Mr Cooke’s baby girl Dallas.
He and partner Amy are “shattered” that countless milestones captured over the past few months could go unrecorded.
“It’s pretty low,” Mr Cooke said.
“It’s hard to describe how disappointing it really is.”
Also taken from the office was the cash register, two wakeboards and life vests.
Mr Cooke said he was disappointed that the culprits were clearly people who had been to the park before.
“They obviously knew the place,” Mr Cooke said
“They knew where everything was.”
Apart from the emotional impact the theft has had on his team, Mr Cooke said they had also been hit hard financially.
“At the end of the day we are just people trying to bring something different to the area,” he said.
“I work 40 hours a week somewhere else just to keep this place going.
“We haven’t made money from it yet and to lose money is just devastating.”
The distraught owners are pleading with members of the public to be on the lookout for the wakeboards in pawn shops and online.
The break-in happened sometime between 7pm Sunday and 9am yesterday.
A reward will be offered to anyone who can provide information about the culprits or where the stolen goods may be.
Confidential calls can be made to Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.