Left to face the expense of repairing the smashed glass front door of the Horror Closet, owner Michelle Caine considers the preventative options for her store.
Left to face the expense of repairing the smashed glass front door of the Horror Closet, owner Michelle Caine considers the preventative options for her store. Valerie Horton

Vandals threaten future of shop in Hervey Bay

IF VANDALS keep attacking her Hervey Bay business, Michelle Caine says she will close the store and go back to being online-only.

Her store Horror Closet, on Main St in Pialba, was one of two businesses in Hervey Bay to be attacked by vandals on the weekend.

The suspects, who remain unknown to police, used concrete blocks to break into the shopfronts, shattering the glass.

The incidents occurred in plain view between 6pm and 7pm on Sunday.

Masters of Mayhem Custom Tattoo on Queens Rd in Scarness was also targeted in what police believe to be related attacks.

While she believes the act was random, Ms Caine says it's hard not to take it personally.

"We put everything we own into the business," she said.

"As tough as it is you don't really make a lot (of money) for yourself and now we've got to dip in and try to figure out ways of preventing this from happening again."

Ms Caine says that she can no longer afford to keep paying for increased security.

"Today we are putting in security sirens and sheeting on the glass," Ms Caine said.

"We're also thinking of plying the front window but that means no more displays.

"People used to be able to walk around this town and do a bit of window shopping.

"You just can't anymore."

Anyone with information should phone Crime Stoppers one 1800 333 000.



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