Clumsy thieves steal safe
TWO men almost botched a break-in at a Home Hill s upermarket l a s t month after one crashed through the roof.
But their clumsy break-in bid was successful and they are now on the run after stealing a safe from Farry’s IGA on February 2.
Townsville District Property Crime Unit officer-incharge Detective SeniorSergeant Jason Shepherd said the theft occurred bet ween about 1.50am and 3.30am, when two offenders climbed on to the store’s roof while an accomplice watch outside.
‘‘ They’ve used tools to remove roofing sheets to gain access to the false roof inside the supermarket and then gained entry to the office area,’’ he said.
‘ ‘ They’ve stolen a safe, using force, that had been bolted to the floor.’’
CCTV footage shows one of
kept the men falling through the roof into the office while the man searches through filing cabinets and desks.
Sen-Sgt Shepherd said the fall caused significant damage to the supermarket.
The property crime boss said that, after the men had grabbed the safe, they used force to bust open a back door where a getaway ve- hicle – a single cab ute with an aluminium dropside tray – was waiting.
Sen-Sgt Shepherd said it was clear the offence was committed by experienced criminals who planned the break-and-enter.
‘‘ They’ve taken the right tools with them, they’ve gained access through the roof and they’ve had a ve- hicle waiting. Anyone with i n f o r mat i o n s h o u l d c a l l T o w n s v i l l e p o l i c e o n 4759 9777 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.