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Rooftop break-in at Orange Kmart sees staff unable to start Friday shift

November 25, 2022

Kmart staff and a police officer outside the store on Friday morning. Copyright: Orange News Examiner on-the-spot photo.

By Peter Holmes

Three young people are believed to have broken into Orange Kmart via the roof of the Orange Central Square Shopping Centre in the early hours of Friday morning.

On Friday at 7:30am - half an hour before the store was scheduled to open - more than a dozen Kmart staff were gathered outside a parcel pick-up and receiving dock door on Byng Street opposite Housing Plus.

They were unable to start their shift, as they waited for two police officers to survey the scene inside the store.

Two police officers in the doorway of a back entry to Kmart. Copyright: Orange News Examiner.

Staff told The Orange News Examiner that CCTV footage showed three young people entering the store via the roof at about 1am.

Police at the scene would not comment.

Staff said theft was a constant problem at the Kmart store.

They said that thieves would often put expensive items such as electronics into trolleys and simply walk out of the store without paying.

One said that they had recently confronted someone trying to leave the store with about $800 worth of stock in their trolley.

Shortly before 8am staff were allowed to enter the store.

More to come.

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