Cowboys president Don Browne is upset to see the clubhouse broken into.
Cowboys president Don Browne is upset to see the clubhouse broken into. Emma Channon

Sports club reeling from break-in

AFTER battling to keep afloat during a tough 12 months, the Warwick Cowboys Rugby League Club was dealt yet a devastating blow during the past week.

Sometime between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, intruders forced their way into the clubhouse and made off with a quantity of spirits and beer.

It appears offenders forced their way in by jemmying a roller door open and then once inside broke into the bar.

Two tills were also damaged but it is not believed any money was stolen.

President Don Browne said this time last year the club was battling the devastation that was caused from the floods and now it was forced to deal with the break-in.

Sadly, the club is no stranger to break-ins, with Mr Browne saying it had been forced to deal with incidents at least twice a year.

"We are sick of it and it's a bit depressing when a small band of committee people are trying to do something for the community and things like this happen," he said.

"It's a common occurrence in Warwick and all of the sporting communities seem to take turns in copping it."

Despite being almost 12 months since the floods in January, Mr Browne said the club was still carrying out repairs caused by the disaster and this was now just another cost the club would have to endure.

When asked what he would say to the people who committed the act, his message was simply "leave us alone".

"I just think a lot of young people have simply no respect for the community and sporting clubs that we have around Warwick," he said.

"I just wish they would respect all of the clubs of Warwick, and everyone else for that matter.

"It's hard enough to keep your head above water when everything is going right, let alone when things like this happen," he said.

Mr Browne said the club had replaced doors and made the clubhouse more secure since the incident.

Police are investigating the break-in and Mr Browne said he was placing his confidence in the officers on the job.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious at the clubhouse between December 24 and 26, or has any information on the break-in can contact the Warwick police on 4660 4444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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