Staff at a Tatura business have been left devastated after an antique cash register was stolen from the store on Australia Day.
Tatura Farm Supplies’ Caroline Minns said she arrived at the Ross St business early Friday morning to discover it had been broken into and the store’s 1939 National cash register was taken.
Following a busy week with International Dairy Week in the town, Ms Minns said it was a sad way to end the week.
‘‘I got very attached to it, I’m heartbroken ... I think it’s gone forever,’’ she said.
‘‘They’d made a mess and stole the cash register. We don’t leave any cash on the premises but they just targeted that, unfortunately.
‘‘The register worked and you could turn the handle and it had a beautiful timber cash draw. We used it in the shop every day.’’
Following the break-in, Ms Minns and her husband Martin Ward took to Facebook last Tuesday in the hope of having the cash register returned to them.
Since publishing their story online the post has been shared more than 900 times.
‘‘It’s been so lovely. You just wish you could thank them all,’’ Ms Minns said.