WORKERS at the Lake Cathie Shopping complex have been left shocked by more vandalism.
At least two shops were targeted in a rampage with glass doors being smashed to gain entry to LJ Hooker and Lakeside Bargains.
Police said another five stores throughout Port Macquarie were also hit.
A spokesman said there were similarities between all incidents but stopped short of saying they were related.
Manager of the bargain store, Nicole Martin said it was a perfect example why the seaside community needed more police presence.
Mrs Martin has worked at the store for three years and says the incident has left a bad taste in her mouth. “It really makes me sick that this could happen,” she said.
“The chemist was hit a couple of weeks ago too, this is exactly why we need more police out here.”
Mrs Martin was unsure if anything had been stolen in the raid. After smashing through the front door, the offenders kicked their way through an office door.
“They mustn’t have realised that door was actually unlocked,” Mrs Martin said.
Broken glass sprayed the LJ Hooker office in the complex but employee Madison Noble said nothing appeared to have been stolen.
“We don’t keep any cash on the premises,” she said.
“Our drawers had been opened but nothing was in them.” Police will review video footage from the centre. Another Real Estate agent in Port Macquarie is at his wits end as he deals with vandalism on a regular basis. Terry Hudson from Terry Hudson Real Estate said his expensive signs were often targeted by vandals.
“I’m just sick of it,” he said. “It happens all the time and it can cost a couple of hundred dollars every time. Some are even set on fire.”
He admitted he hadn’t spoken to police and said there was not a lot the authorities could do about the matter.
“It just comes down to education and respect for other people’s property,” he said.