SES, arts centre and Civic Hall windows smashed
PORTLAND’S SES headquarters and two nearby council buildings were targeted in three window smashings that occurred this week, likely between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.
Sergeant Sean Elliott said windows at Portland’s Glenelg St SES building were broken between late on Monday and Wednesday evening.
And Portland Arts Centre staff arrived at work next to the SES at 7.50am on Wednesday to discover an office window was damaged at the front of the building; it appeared a panel had been kicked.
At 8.30am on Wednesday two doors at the main entrance of Portland’s Civic Hall on Bentinck St were then discovered broken.
No items used to break the glass were found at the scenes, and it doesn’t appear that anyone entered the buildings they damaged.
Strong winds and some rain have occurred over several days this week, making it unlikely that Portland police would have heard the windows being broken, even though the SES building is next to the police station, Sgt Elliott said.
Police are viewing CCTV footage in the precinct.
Portland SES unit controller Bernie Stiles said volunteers were disheartened by the discovery that the glass doors on their building had been broken.
SES volunteers made the discovery after they had just attended an incident to clear a tree down across a road in stormy weather.
Mrs Stiles estimated damage of about $400 to their property.
In an unrelated incident, a white Ford Ranger parked in the driveway of a Scott St, Heywood, residence had its rear number plate stolen.
Sgt Elliott said the number plate went missing between 9pm on Tuesday and 6am on Wednesday.
People with information about these matters are asked to phone Portland police on 5522 1500.