Cash and jew­ellery heist

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Nathan Paull nathan. paull@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

TWO ex­pe­ri­enced crim­i­nals made a dar­ing break-an­den­ter at Stock­land Townsville be­fore flee­ing with cash and jew­ellery.

Townsville District Prop­erty Crime Unit of­fi­cer-in­charge De­tec­tive Se­niorSergeant Ja­son Shep­herd said the in­ci­dent oc­curred be­tween 10pm and 11pm on S a t u r d a y n i g h t . S e n - S g t Shep­herd said two of­fend­ers forced en­try through a fire door be­fore mak­ing their way to the Gold Buy­ers kiosk.

‘‘ They’ve then forced en­try to the safe that was lo­cated in the kiosk and have stolen cash and jew­ellery,’’ he said.

Sen-Sgt Shep­herd said the two thieves then broke into Glo­ria Jean’s cafe but did not steal any­thing.

He said given the fact the crim­i­nals made a beeline for the kiosk, they knew what they were af­ter.

‘‘ I’d say it’s been a planned job,’’ he said.

‘‘ They’re well cov­ered up to hide them­selves from CCTV f ootage and t hey’ve also brought the right tools with t hem, so ob­vi­ously t hey knew to tar­get that par­tic­u­lar lo­ca­tion.’’

S e n - S g t S h e p h e r d s a i d given the style of the crime and the ex­pe­ri­ence re­quired to pull it off, the two cul­prits would be in their early 20s to late 30s.

The first thief was des c r i b e d a s b e i n g a t a l l Cau­casian male with a blue shirt wrapped around his head. He wore a long yel­lowsleeved shirt, long black pants, black gloves and was car­ry­ing a crow bar.

He said it was dif­fi­cult to de­ter­mine the sec­ond crim­i­nal’s gen­der, but the thief was Cau­casian, had a white striped shirt around their head and was wear­ing a long- sleeved black shirt with the word ‘‘ Chop­per’’ on it, long dark pants, white thongs and black gloves or socks on their hands. The theft comes af­ter a CBD Gold Shop heist in Novem­ber last year.

Sen-Sgt Shep­herd said the two in­ci­dents were not re­lated and po­lice were aware who the man re­spon­si­ble for the Novem­ber theft was.

He said given the jew­ellery stolen in the lat­est theft would be hard to trace, it would be up to mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to iden­tify the thieves through CCTV footage re­leased to the me­dia.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent should call Townsville po­lice on 4759 9777 or Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

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