Charcoal Inn licensee Craig Yates wants an increased police presence in Casino after his hotel was ram raided in June.
Charcoal Inn licensee Craig Yates wants an increased police presence in Casino after his hotel was ram raided in June.

Ram raid victim calls for more cops

WITH fear of reprisal keeping many victims of the recent Casino crime spree silent, one man has chosen to call for a 24-hour police presence.

"Twenty-four hour policing would be a godsend for the community at large," said Craig Yates, licensee of the Charcoal Inn at Casino.

Mr Yates was the victim of a brazen ram raid on June 19.

A 21-year-old man and a 16-year-old youth have since been arrested and charged by police.

"For juveniles to be out at this time of night - I just wonder where their parents are, they should be keeping them off the street," he said.

"I was just lucky that the police were in the vicinity that night.

"They should also ban hoodies for security reasons."

The men who raided the Charcoal Inn were wearing balaclavas and heavy set jumpers with hoods.

"If someone has a hoodie pulled up they are obviously trying to stay anonymous and it arouses my suspicion immediately," Mr Yates said.

When he confronted the thieves they gave chase and threw a bottle of vodka at him, injuring his shoulder.

"They are blatant and have no respect for any person or property," he said.

"It makes you feel insecure for your property, your staff and your customers. I have patrons who won't walk home after dark."

The ram raid happened about 10.20pm on Sunday, June 19, when up to six offenders in at least two vehicles drove up to the closed bottle shop section of the hotel in Centre St.

They reversed several times into a metal roller door and stole or damaged $5000 worth of liquor.

A Hyundai Excel was later found concealed in bushland at Tabulam and a Hyundai Sonata was stopped by a highway patrol on the Bruxner Hwy at Piora with a man escaping into bushland nearby.

Richmond Local Area Command crime manager, Acting Inspector Matt Kehoe, said police were still investigating.

"The 21-year-old man is out on conditional bail and is due to appear in Lismore court later this month." he said. "The youth will face Casino Children's Court in December."

Anyone with information on the ram raid or other offences should call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.


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