Cou­ple use tod­dler in thefts on Macrossan St

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

THIEVES used a tod­dler as a dis­trac­tion in a num­ber of raids on lo­cal busi­nesses over the week­end.

Po­lice are search­ing for a cou­ple who al­legedly stole from a num­ber of stores on Macrossan St af­ter skip­ping the bill at a lo­cal restau­rant last Sun­day.

The cou­ple used a va­ri­ety of strate­gic meth­ods to dis­tract shop own­ers while tak­ing items from shelves and stuff­ing them down the front of their pants while hold­ing a child.

Al­co­hol was stolen from two of the Cen­tral Ho­tel bot­tle shops and up to four items of cloth­ing was stolen from Transit be­tween noon and 4pm.

The cou­ple are de­scribed as Pa­cific Is­landers in their late 20s, with the child un­der the age of five years.

Po­lice are search­ing for the man de­scribed to have tanned skin, black hair, six-foot tall, and tat­toos on his arms and legs wear­ing a white sin­glet and a fe­male with sim­i­lar fea­tures ap­prox­i­mately 160cm tall.

The child is de­scribed as ap­prox­i­mately three years old and was wear­ing a white dress. Owner of Transit Al­lan Evans was dis­gusted to see the CCTV footage of the cou­ple rob­bing his store in front of their child.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing to see this in Port Dou­glas but it does usu­ally oc­cur when there is an in­flux of ’out-of-town­ers’ here,” he said.

The cou­ple stole four items of cloth­ing from Mr Evans’ store, worth hun­dreds of dol­lars.

Port Dou­glas po­lice de­scribed the of­fend­ers to be very “quick” at tak­ing the items af­ter look­ing closely at CCTV footage.

Po­lice are ask­ing wit­nesses to con­tact the Port Dou­glas po­lice on 4087 1999 or Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

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