Rachel’s Studio of Dance owner Rachel Ferguson has bee left ”devastated and gutted” after more than $5000 worth of damage took place at her studio on Saturday.
Between 10.45am and 1.30pm, 19 windows at the studio were cracked or broken and five windows and a panel of a vehicle parked in the driveway were also damaged.
Nobody was inside the studio at the time of the incident, Ms Ferguson said.
She was notified about the damage by her neighbour at 5pm.
The realisation of what happened to her property was devastating, she said.
“It’s just gutting. This is a second home for so many people in the community, it’s just sickening to think somebody would do this to us,” Ms Ferguson said.
She posted photos about the incident on her Facebook page in the hope somebody in the community would know who was responsible.
“We wanted to get the word out there in case anybody has heard.
“One comment said they drove past at 1.30pm and noticed the smashed car. I finished teaching at quarter to 11 so it’s between that timeframe,” she said.
The offender had not entered the property, she said.
The windows were taped up and the car had been removed for repairs.
It would cost $2600 to replace the 19 windows and a further $2600 to fix the car, she said.
Dance student Madison Hannah (17) said the damage was “absolutely disgusting”.
“Nobody had any reason to do this to the studio. Rachel’s worked so hard for this studio. It sucks to see it damaged like this.” Parent Nicky Coats said it was plain disrespectful.
“I’m gutted for her. We’re such a small club for something like this to happen to, the amount of effort Rachel puts into the schools and how she supports the kids – it’s pretty sad,” Ms Coats said.
Ms Coats’ daughter, Makayla Coats (6), said the news of the broken windows made her sad.
Ms Ferguson was overwhelmed and thankful of the tight-knit community she had at the studio.
“They’re just amazing. I’ve had so many calls of people wanting to help me.
“This is getting at a lot of people in the community and hurt a lot of people,” she said.
Police in Gore had been contacted about the incident, Ms Ferguson said.
Rachel’s Studio of Dance had about 40 dancers training at present. Ms Ferguson said this event would not break them.
“Nothing is going to stop our dance community – we will keep dancing.”
Anyone with relevant information should contact Gore police station on (03)203-9300 or anonymously on Crimestoppers, 800 555-111.