Break-in shatters Shepparton businesswoman

By Tara Whitsed

Shepparton businesswoman Parmila Devi has been left feeling unsafe and disappointed after her store was broken into.

The owner of GV Food Court in Corio St, Shepparton, said she received a phone call from a nearby store worker yesterday morning about the break-in.

Ms Devi was shocked to discover the small Indian restaurant had been broken into with the front door window smashed.

‘‘We arrived to find not one single penny in the til,’’ she said.

Ms Devi said $1000 was taken from the cash register and her son’s bicycle was also stolen, valued more than $200.

‘‘I’ve been here for 1 years and I’ve never seen such a scene in Australia before,’’ she said.

‘‘For a small business, it’s not good.

‘‘We are still struggling and trying to establish ourselves and this is really shameful.

‘‘This is our hard-earned money and they just come and easily take it.’’

Ms Devi was quick to get the glass repaired and said she could not afford to stop trading for one day.

She also said she no longer felt safe and urged the public to assist with the investigation.

Shepparton police’s Ross Normington said the incident took place sometime between 9pm on Thursday and 7am yesterday.

He encouraged any witness or anyone with any information to phone the Shepparton police station on 58205777.