The owners of a Katanning cafe have been left reeling after the business was hit by two burglaries in 48 hours. The Lakeside Eco Cafe and Ice Creamery at Piesse Park was the victim of two break-ins last week, forcing it to remain closed on Thursday and Friday to replace stolen equipment. Friends of Piesse Park volunteer Bev Lockley said the group was very disappointed by the break-ins. “We are trying to provide a service to the community and an alternative venue to go,” she said. “The whole idea in the long run is to improve the lake and to provide educational opportunities for children, which we cannot do if we cannot remain open.” The service till and drinks were stolen from the premises on Sunday night, while the cafe’s Eftpos machine was stolen during the Tuesday night break-in. Over the two burglaries, more than $750 worth of items was stolen from the cafe, which Ms Lockley described as a “substantial cost” for a not-for-profit organisation. The group will be installing CCTV cameras in an effort to deter burglars. Katanning police Acting Inspector Carlos Correia said the criminal investigation was ongoing and he wanted people to come forward if they had information. “We know there are loose tongues out there and everything little thing helps us with our investigations,” he said. Last week’s break-ins came after another incident at the cafe on January 15, when a donation tin was stolen, which contained money for local education programs. The cafe opened in October after the Friends of Piesse Park renovated a lakeside home on Charles Street, turning the shire-owned facility into a place where Katanning residents can learn about the neighbouring lake and parkland.