Five shops hit in one night

Po­lice in­ves­ti­gate as thieves leave trail of de­struc­tion in Gin Gin shops

Isis Town and Country - - News - By CAROLYN ARCHER

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.”

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

HIT: Trav­eller's Rest Cafe, Gin Gin Pro­duce Sup­plies and Ray White were all bro­ken into on Sun­day. Po­lice rec­om­mend busi­nesses in­stall CCTV.

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