Sneaky thief’s cafe score

 Allanna Kennedy is heartbroken after youths stole two weeks' takings from her Lavington cafe. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

Allanna Kennedy is heartbroken after youths stole two weeks' takings from her Lavington cafe. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

BRAZEN teens have left a Lavington business $2500 out of pocket after stealing the cafe owner’s handbag that contained her takings.

Lemonhead owner Allanna Kennedy was distraught yesterday.

She said the teens had entered an open back door of the cafe in Sanders Road — off Urana Road — about 9.30am on Saturday and run off with her bag.

“They were very game — there’s usually someone in the back room — that’s where we do the washing up,” she said.

“The door is usually locked.”

Mrs Kennedy and her husband, Brett, opened the cafe three months ago to give residents a healthy alternative.

They offer food and drinks with free-range and organic ingredients.

“It’s heartbreaking,” she said. “The money was for rent and wages. It’s a huge setback.

“We are just starting out and we have put everything into making this happen.”

The mother-of-five said she had run out of time to bank and had two weeks’ takings in her bag.

“I had it bundled up and ready to take to the bank when I had a spare moment,” Mrs Kennedy said.

“I still can’t believe this has happened.”

The couple hope residents would support their business as they recovered from the loss.

Four youths were caught on security surveillance footage taken from a nearby business.

The footage shows the four walking down a laneway beside the cafe.

One of them is seen running towards the back door of the business and then sprinting out with what appears to be the handbag.

Albury’s Inspector Anthony Moodie said police had viewed the footage as part of their investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact Albury police on (02) 6023 9299.

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