AN amateur rugby league club is counting the cost after it was broken into for the second time in a month.
Two men broke into Dewsbury Moor’s clubhouse in the early hours of Sunday morning by smashing a window, making off with a small amount of money from the till but causing hundreds of pounds’ worth of damage in the process.
Club president Pete Charlesworth said the two break-ins will leave the club £800 out of pocket after they’ve forked out to repair the windows and replace the till drawers that were taken.
He said: “It’s not so much the money, it’s the damage they do getting in. They’ve been round the back of the bar, rifling through all the drawers and throwing stuff on the floor trying to find what they could.
“They took both till drawers this time. We don’t leave much in the till, there might be only £100 in there.
“It’s costing lots of money to repair the windows and tills that they’re smashing. It’ll be £300/£400 each time and that comes out of the club’s coffers. It’s money we can ill afford to be spending.”
The club has just received funding to extend the clubhouse and build additional changing rooms but Mr Charlesworth said they are considering getting shutters fitted throughout the premises to prevent further break-ins.
CCTV footage of the incident has been handed to police but Mr Charlesworth isn’t happy with the way they have dealt with it.
He said: “They said they haven’t got time to look into it properly. I know they’re underfunded but, at the end of the day, this sort of stuff needs to be sorted.”
The break-in won’t affect games being played and both senior and junior teams will be in action this weekend.
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: “Police are investigating a report of a burglary at Dewsbury Moor ARLFC on March 17.
“It is believed to have happened between 6.10am and 6.30am, when two suspects gained entry to the building.
“The suspects carried out a search before making off with a quantity of cash. They then made off on foot in the direction of Heckmondwike.
“Enquiries remain ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting crime reference 13190138835.”