Clumsy thieves steal safe

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

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.

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