Police are calling for information from the public after two cafes in Yass were broken into late on Tuesday night (29 September).
Money was stolen from the tills at Thyme to Taste on the town’s main street and around the corner at Galutzi Cafe.
Thyme to Taste owner Lee-Ann Dodds said the culprits smashed the back door and left through the front door after taking “a small gain” of $150 from the till.
Galutzi lost power and fresh food inside its fridges when the culprits cut electrical wires to access the till.
The amount stolen from Galutzi is unknown.
A CCTV camera at Thyme to Taste showed the break and enter happened after midnight.
Police were on scene at Galutzi when they received a call from Thyme to Taste.
Without power, Galutzi has been forced to close today, while Thyme to Taste opened for takeaways to leave the dining area for police to search for fingerprints.
Sergeant David Cowell of Yass Police Station said it was a “sad” act.
“Our small businesses in the rural area have gone through such a hard time with COVID-19 and it’s very, very sad to see something like this happen that will make times a lot harder for these businesses,” Sergeant Cowell said.
Police have launched an investigation and forensic officers were at the scenes of the crimes on Wednesday morning.
Sergeant Cowell urged anyone who may have seen something or knows something about the break and enters to call Yass Police Station on 6226 9399 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.