Eggs smashed, pizza till emptied

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A Pakenham pizza shop was broken into overnight after a group of offenders hurled eggs at its windows.

Four offenders threw eggs at the shop front windows along Cameron Way, off Racecourse Road, before burgling Mumma G’s Pizza, about 11.45pm on Thursday 15 December.

A nearby shop owner told the Gazette he counted five dozen egg cartons squashed on the pavement when he arrived at work on Friday morning.

Mumma G’s Pizza shop owner Chris Iskaf said an amount of money had been stolen from the till.

“We found a nice big pile of eggs in the middle of our store this morning,” he said.

“They threw all these egg shells at the windows before smashing through the door, and then they smashed eggs inside, so I’d assume they were young.

“But they were smart. They knew what they were doing because they were wearing gloves.”

A female, described as having a small build, entered the premises by smashing the front glass door and exited via the back door.

It is understood the offenders also attempted to break into a few surrounding stores but they were unsuccessful.

Police were investigating the incident and were in the process of reviewing CCTV footage that captured the burglary.

Mr Iskaf said he and his staff had been sweeping up egg shells and glass all morning.
After clearing the mess, the owners opened the pizza shop at noon Friday for business as usual.

“We have such an amazing community here and they have rallied behind us 150 per cent after what happened to us, we just cannot believe it,” Mr Iskaf’s wife Georgina said.

“We had one of the busiest nights on Friday since we started trading and we feel like we owe it all to the community, especially the people who are part of the Pakenham Pay It Forward Facebook page.

“We have been involved with the page for just over a year now, offering meals for families every fortnight, but never could we have imagined the kind of support we’ve received from them over the past few days. It literally brings me to tears.”

Anyone with any information has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Originally published at Pakenham Gazette.

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About Alana Mitchelson

Alana Mitchelson is a journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Follow her on Twitter at @AlanaMitchelson.

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