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WANTED: Police

WANTED: Police

Barossa Police continue to search for the culprit behind a robbery at a Kapunda service station last week, as police presence in the town is highlighted.

On The Run at South Terrace returned to trading early Thursday morning after a man wearing a balaclava and armed with a knife, threatened staff and fled with cash from the till just before 2 a.m.

The robbery has prompted Kapunda businesswoman, Mrs Linda Carter to call for a greater police presence in the town.

“Over the last few years the numbers appear to have dwindled but the town is growing,” said Linda.

“It is ironic that we have a service station open 24 hours a day but not a police station.”

While Linda acknowledges other country towns would be in a similar position and the local officers are covering a greater area, having a presence is important for safety.

“Police are to be there to keep people safe,” said Linda.

“If we had a bit more presence of police, we would have reassurance.”

Kapunda has experienced changes to their policing in the past 12 to 18 months and Linda said an opportunity for them to be introduced would help.

“Ninety per cent of the time you go there (to the police station) and it is locked,” said Linda.

Barossa Police Chief Inspector Alex Zimmermann said Kapunda remains as a two person police station and reassures the Kapunda community that should a police presence be required when officers Senior Constable Mark Frankcom and Senior Constable Andrew Dredge are not on duty, then patrols will respond from Freeling, Nuriootpa or even Gawler.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.