Five shops hit in one night
Police investigate as thieves leave trail of destruction in Gin Gin shops
FIVE Gin Gin businesses have been targeted in a spate of break-ins, frustrating business owners left to clean up the mess and repair the damage after unknown offenders forced their way in.
Ace Hardware, Traveller’s Rest Cafe, JCJ’S Hair Salon, Ray White Real Estate and Gin Gin Produce Supplies were all broken into overnight Sunday, as police continue to investigate.
An Ace Hardware spokeswoman said it was disappointing and frustrating to know someone in the community had decided to target small businesses.
“We didn’t have a lot taken,” she said.
“There were some bolt cutters and things missing.
“But when stands are knocked over and papers spread all over the place, it has to be cleaned up.
“It’s also the inconvenience of having to get things fixed.”
The spokeswoman said the business had not been hit by thieves in a couple of years but it did happen from time to time.
“I guess we’ve been lucky but it’s disappointing someone in the community could do this type of thing,” she said.
“We spent the day cleaning up. You just do what you have to.”
Traveller’s Rest Cafe owner Tim Gourley said while not much was taken from the businesses, it was annoying.
“At least they didn’t trash the place so we were still able to trade. We were just slightly disrupted Monday morning,” he said.
Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Senior Sergeant Joe Hildred urged anyone with information to contact police.
“Detectives are calling upon anyone in the Gin Gin area who may have seen suspicious activity or seen persons milling around the premises that were targeted, including any suspicious vehicle activity, to contact Crime Stoppers or their local police,” he said.
“Investigations are ongoing as to whether there’s any CCTV footage of the offenders. It’s believed by investigators most likely that these offences were linked.”
Det Snr Sgt Hildred recommended businesses contact the Bundaberg Crime Prevention Officer for help keeping their businesses secure.
“Things that would be looked at would be the lighting, the type of security they are currently employing for the doors, the installation of CCTV camera ... it can all assist.”
HIT: Traveller's Rest Cafe, Gin Gin Produce Supplies and Ray White were all broken into on Sunday. Police recommend businesses install CCTV.