Vandals target bundles of newspapers with fire

A SUNSHINE Coast newsagency has proven lightning does strike twice, but this time for all the wrong reasons.

On Friday the Daily reported Wurtulla Newsagency had sold their second First Division Lotto win in exactly 12 months.

But the victory was short-lived after vandals stole and set alight three bundles of Sunshine Coast Daily newspapers that had been delivered to the store.

Store owner Gavin Yarrow said Saturday's incident was the second time this year his store had been targeted.

He said the vandals stole three bundles of papers from the front of his store and set them alight in the park behind the shopping complex.

While he was able to salvage two of the bundles the third, containing about 25 papers, was lost.

"The silly thing about all this is it's all on CCTV, so we'll end up catching them," Mr Yarrow said.

This is the second time this year the store has been targeted by vandals.

Over Easter, Mr Yarrow said they had bundles of The Courier-Mail and Sunshine Coast Daily stolen and set alight.

Sunshine Coast Crime Prevention Unit Senior Constable Mark Readman said the incident was unfortunate in light of the recent good news of the First Division Lotto win.

Snr Const Readman said from January 1 to May 23 this year, there had been 616 incidents of property damage and 21 reported arsons. He urged anyone with information about the incident to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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