Temuka Boxing Club left 'trashed' after break-in
A South Canterbury boxing club and many of its trophies were left trashed after what has been described as a senseless break in.
Trophies were broken in half, a mirror was smashed, a stereo was broken and club members' personal effects were strewn everywhere at the Temuka Boxing Club's room.
Nothing was stolen: money the club used to buy consumables for the facility was strewn about the floor.
A club member discovered the damage on Monday morning. It was likely it happened sometime between then and 6pm Sunday.
Coach John Ensor said the room was left in "a shambles" after someone gained entry under the usually protective roller garage door.
Whoever broke in pushed the door up and squeezed through the narrow gap - a gap too narrow for the investigating police officer to use.
"It must have been some idiots or clowns who got in, it just looks like some guys went in an threw some stuff around.
"There were mouth guards and notes and gold and silver coins on the floor."
The break in was the first for the club. It was a simply "stupid act", a "senseless act", Ensor said.
The entrance was bolted down on Monday morning to prevent further break ins.
The club did have insurance and it was only "minor damage" but "it was very disappointing that this happened, it was only minor damage done but it was just unnecessary".
The club is run in conjunction with the Timaru Boxing Association has roughly around 20 members and it would still hold its practice on Tuesday night, Ensor said.
Temuka boxing club Member Tuatahi Taha was first on the scene. On Monday he was "just lost for words.. the place has been trashed".
"We can only assume it was young people," he said, noting the size of the space through which the perpetrator entered and the fact it was school holidays.
He posted news of the incident on social media: a lot of people in the community were "infuriated" by the incident.
Ensor confirmed police were investigating.