Cafe owner hopes thieves enjoy the fudge

SONIA BEAL
Last updated 07:17 20/01/2014
Delwyn Craig
Emma Allen

CUPBOARD WAS BARE: Owner of Dellie's Cafe in Havelock says it is too bad that the food items taken by thieves included a slab of extra spicy fudge.

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The owner of a Marlborough cafe whose premises were broken into last week says the joke is on the thieves who unwittingly took off with a slab of extra spicy fudge.

Dellie's cafe, on Havelock's main street, was broken into overnight on Wednesday.

When cafe owner Delwyn Craig walked into the cafe to open up the next day it took her a moment to register what had happened.

"Everything was a mess," she said.

"I thought, ‘oh, God, what have my staff been doing'. You kind of just go into denial about what's happened. All the ladies who work with me leave the place immaculate."

However, she soon realised that something was awry when she saw the kitchen window open and the pastry brushes that sat in a cup on the window sill were missing.

Craig walked outside to find the cup of brushes next to the air conditioning unit. It wasn't until she came back inside that she realised she had been burgled.

The cafe's daily cash float, about $346, was gone from the till. But it was the pantry that took the biggest hit, with three bags of coffee beans; two sandwiches; 10kg of mince; 4kg each of ham and bacon; half a chicken; mussel fritters; sausage rolls and a platter of baked potatoes all gone.

Also missing was a large tray of chilli-chocolate fudge, which had been a source of light relief for staff, Craig said.

"They've stolen a slab of hot chilli fudge," she said.

"The funny thing is, they won't know it's chilli because it wasn't labelled.

"We've got a label for it behind the counter that says, ‘Chilli chocolate - not that hot, yeah right'."

It appeared that whoever had broken in to the cafe had used a crowbar to jemmy the kitchen window open, she said.

The culprits had also taken all the cafe's rubbish bags.

"We think what they've done is have one person outside the window with the rubbish bag open and one on the inside emptying all the food into the bag."

Dellie's opened in 2011, as an icecream and fudge store. Last winter, Craig turned the business into a cafe after she received a host of requests from customers for food. She said it was the first time she had been burgled.

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- The Marlborough Express

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