THIEVES got away with $7500 in two heists at the Corowa Golf Club.
But they caused damage of more than $200,000 that president Stephen Rodway yesterday said was a body blow for the struggling club.
Most of the carnage was caused when the thieves smashed their way into 15 poker machines during their raids, the first early on Saturday, October 12 and the second the next morning.
Mr Rodway said nine poker machines had been damaged beyond repair, making the incidents a “costly exercise”.
“Whether we can get the money back on insurance we can’t be sure,” he said.
“It hasn’t been good.
“We might end up with less poker machines.”
It’s another blow for the club that last year had to call upon members to bail it out. They responded by donating about $200,000.
“That kept us alive,” he said.
He said while the club had been doing “quite a bit better” this year, it was still barely breaking even, given the prevalence of online gambling.
“Revenue has dropped all over the place,” Mr Rodway said.
Club chief executive Robert Boyd, who took up his job on Monday, said security would be beefed-up.
And he said community support for the club was more important than ever.
“We’d ask the community to get behind us,” Mr Boyd said. “This impacts on a lot of people.”
Corowa’s Sen-Constable Darryl Hawes said up to four people could have been involved in the break-ins that involved a getaway car.
He said the suspects had also tried to open an automatic teller machine in the club.
He said anyone with information should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.