Piccolo Morso cafe owner Lou Smith had a rude awakening in the early hours of Wednesday morning, when she was notified her cafe's alarm was going off.
So, at 3.20am, still in her dressing gown, she jumped in the car and headed to Fitzroy to find the cafe had been broken into and the cash register taken.
A thief had broken in through the door in the arcade, a shaken Smith said.
''He was in and out very quickly.''She was still in shock, she said. ''I'm gutted.''
Smith has owned Piccolo Morso for more than six years and this was the first time she had had any trouble.
When she first arrived at the cafe she thought it was a fault with the alarm, but then she saw the door open, she said. ''I was back into the car... and drove round to the front. It was real dark at the back.''
Usually the arcade was lit up, but not last night, she said.''The police told me there was some kind of work going on somewhere, so the power was off.''
Her first reaction was relief that the shop hadn't been trashed.
''I'd have been more shaken up. It would have been more invasive.''
But the alarm is very loud, she said.
''They could have only be able to stand it for a couple of minutes.''
- Taranaki Daily News
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