Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Stealing a Livelihood; Thieves Run Rampant at Local Newsagent

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Stealing a Livelihood; Thieves Run Rampant at Local Newsagent

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ANDREW

KORNER

andrew.korner@qt.com.au

A SUBURBAN newsagent says youth crime has brought him to the brink of bankruptcy -- and the police seem powerless to stop it.

The Queensland Times last spoke to Redbank newsagent Peter Clymo in August, when he appealed for police to help him combat what he described as gangs of children as young as eight stealing from his Brisbane Rd shop.

Three months on, and the situation has become worse.

Mr Clymo said his last stock take showed about $5000 worth of product was missing.

"There's only 10% profit on those items, so I've got to sell another $50,000 worth to make up what I've lost," Mr Clymo said.

"I'm now at a point where I'm facing being bankrupt, and the police can't help me.

"My staff are in danger because these young people just push through and take what they want."

Mr Clymo says the age of the main offenders to have struck more recently has been about 16-18.

He said crime affected his shop on a daily basis. …

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