It has only happened once in 20 years and now it has happened again on the same site-building materials have been taken from a Roofcraft Industries project.
The Gore company is overseeing the roofing component of a $1.2 million upgrade of the Gore Multisports Complex owned by the Gore District Council.
The upgrade includes a new roof for the event centre and aquatic centre plant room and new flashings over the panel joints for the swimming pool roof.
A $1 million Government “shovel ready” grant is paying the bulk of the bill and the council the rest.
Project manager Jason Harvey said two packs of roofing iron worth about $4000 was taken.
“We’ve only been a victim of theft from a building site one other time. That was 20 years ago when we were building the ice skating rink,” Mr Harvey said.
The ice skating rink is located in the same building as the swimming pool.
As theft was rare from its building sites the company may have “got complacent” with security, he said.
The theft was “disappointing, to be fair, because it is a community project”.
The sandstone grey sheets of iron were made in the Gore factory and would be easily identifiable as the machine that made it was the only one of its kind.
Therefore it would not be easy for the thieves to sell the iron.
“Hopefully it will make it too hot to move.
“It’s a distinctive six rib pattern.”
About 160m of iron, enough to roof a small house, was taken.
The iron was stored at the back of the complex and probably taken on Sunday night, he said.
The thieves also tried to break into a shipping container containing tools.
A security camera has now been installed at the site.
Gore District Council aquatic services manager Martin Mackereth said it was “extremely disappointing” the thieves targeted the iron which would be used to upgrade a community resource.
“[It is] a place where so many people come to enjoy friendship, sportsmanship and have a wellness break from everyday life,” Mr Mackereth said.
“I am gutted, as many of our patrons are.”
A police spokeswoman said police were making inquiries into the theft of the iron.