Couple use toddler in thefts on Macrossan St
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.