Dontors Hospitality and Cleaning Solutions owner Janelle Paddison, left, and Chris Evans survey the vandalism.
Dontors Hospitality and Cleaning Solutions owner Janelle Paddison, left, and Chris Evans survey the vandalism. Alistair Brightman

Mystery surrounds shop vandalism

TOXIC chemicals, broken glass and confidential files littered the floor of a Hervey Bay store yesterday morning after vandals smashed through a side window and went on a rampage.

But it wasn’t the sight of the damaged goods that made Dontors owner Janelle Paddison sick to her stomach.

It was the hammer, left square in the middle of the shop’s welcome mat.

This left little doubt in the mind of the cleaning and hospitality store’s owner the vandals wanted to send her a sinister message.

“Someone is clearly not happy with us and we don’t know why,” Ms Paddison said

“All I can think is that we have expanded our business recently and that someone is trying to slow us down.”

If the vandals had stolen goods from the store, Ms Paddison would have put the senseless act down to “bored kids”, but the fact that nothing was taken has frightened her.

She’s particularly worried that filing cabinets and folders in her office were rifled.

“It’s scary because if we had at least been burgled it would have made more sense,” she said.

“But if you can’t find any other reason, then you have to think, ‘Is this personal’?

“It wasn’t something you want to be faced with first thing in the morning.

“I just felt sick when I saw it.”

Scenes of Crime detectives from the Hervey Bay Police Station scoured the store for evidence yesterday morning.

Call Crimestoppers, 1800 333 000.



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