Cash and jewellery heist
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.