Community upset at tools theft

ST MARYS residents are reportedly devastated following the theft of some $5000 in power tools from a local community organisation.

The Break O'Day Woodcraft Guild Centre was ransacked earlier this week, with those responsible stealing whatever they could grab.

Guild president Reon Johns said he felt sick after discovering the theft.

Missing among the stolen tools were items donated by his partner's father - a skilled cabinetmaker and World War II veteran.

Other items were donated by pensioners or financed through fund-raising campaigns.

``They took every hand tool and every cordless drill that we had,'' he said. 

``It took us nearly 10 years to get to this stage.''

The guild has about 30 members and provides a focal point for seniors and newcomers in the isolated community.

``A lot of townspeople are pretty upset - it's a bit of a hub for the community,'' Mr Johns said.

Mr Johns said the club was insured but would still probably face a $5000 bill to replace all items.

Fund-raising efforts are already underway.

Tasmania Police is investigating. Anybody with information can call CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.

AT A GLANCE

HOW TO HELP: Get down to the Guild's open day and fair.

WHEN: Saturday, April 5.

WHERE: Esk Main Road, St Marys.

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