Detectives from Sale Police are investigating a break-in at Derek Amos Community Hub, where perpetrators allegedly stole $100 from cash boxes.

Derek Amos Community Hub landlord Dr Cameron ‘Jamie’ Hogan and building manager Michael Davis believe the break-in occurred between 5.30pm on Monday, January 2 and 11am Tuesday, January 3.

Dr Hogan arrived at the Derek Amos Community Hub at 11.30am on Tuesday, January 3, to find the back door leading to the Sale Food Support Inc, Ploughman Retreat Inc, and the Jamie Hogan Advocate and Lobbyist offices jimmied open.

The back door of the Derek Amos Community Hub leading to the three offices of Sale Food Support Inc, Ploughman Retrat Inc and Jamie Hogan Advocate and Lobbyist. Photos: Zoe Askew

The Ploughman Retreat Inc and the Jamie Hogan Advocate and Lobbyist offices were trashed; documents, stationery and furniture, were strewn across the room, and cash boxes were pried open and emptied.

Whilst the door to Sale Food Support Inc was visibly jimmied open, the room appeared to be left undisturbed.

Electronic goods – including 20 laptops, Dr Hogan’s old mobile phone, and his new credit card – were also left undisturbed.

The police were called to the scene on Tuesday, January 3, where crime scene services collected evidence to hand over to detectives who are currently investigating the situation.

Break-in at Derek Amos Community Hub
Sale Police dusted for prints, collating other information before handing over evidence to detectives.

Dr Hogan expressed his dismay at the Derek Amos Community Hub’s break-in.

“I am really disappointed over this holiday period that this would happen to good community organisations,” he said.

“Early estimates are about $4000 worth of damage for $100 out of cash tins.”

Other organisations’ rooms at the Derek Amos Community Hub, including the University of the Third Age, Wellington Toy Library, Todd Price Studios and Bug Blitz, were left untouched during the alleged break-in.

Break-in at Derek Amos Community Hub
Cameron ‘Jamie’ Hogan points to his desk draws, allegedly trifled through by perpetrators.

Dr Hogan has appealed for the Sale and the surrounding community to support the Derek Amos Community Hub and its various community-based organisations.

“I get no money to run this building; the only money that comes in is from the other [community organisation] tenants,” Dr Hogan said.

“We, my company, doesn’t get more than $1000 a month [from tenants] to run this place; it costs more than that for the power and the water.

“So there is virtually no money coming in to run this building; the Sale community need to get behind it considering it is heritage listed and has an Aboriginal overlay.”

If you have any information regarding the alleged break-in at the Derek Amos Community Hub, please phone the Sale Police on 03 5142 2200.

Alternatively, you can submit an anonymous online report to Crime Stoppers.