Ramraiders caught out
AN amateurish ramraid at a Railway Estate bottleshop has resulted in two people being arrested and police are hot on the heels of two more.
A white sedan slammed into the rear doors of the Liquorland on Railway Avenue multiple times just after midnight yesterday but broke through and made off with cartons of alcohol.
CCTV footage shows the four unmasked offenders trying to break the glass doors at least six times with the stolen vehicle.
A nearby neighbour who called 000 during the incid e n t s a i d s h e i n i t i a l l y thought there had been a car accident until she looked outside and saw the breakin taking place.
T o w n s v i l l e d e t e c t i v e Senior Sergeant Chris Hicks said two brothers, aged 21 and 28, were arrested a short time after the incident when the car they were driving was found in Fraser Ave, Cranbrook.
The car was reported to police who surrounded it and used tracking dogs to find the two arrested men.
Sen-Sgt Hicks said the two men were charged with unlawful use of a vehicle and break and enter.
He said t wo other
of- fenders, a Caucasian man and an indigenous woman, were seen on CCTV footage.
The CIB boss said most of the alcohol stolen had been recovered.
He said the incident was not related to a spate of liquor store break-ins over the past week.
Cleveland Glass and Aluminium’s Ernie Pozzebon said yesterday’s job was the third time he had to replace glass after a bottle shop break-in within a month.
‘ ‘ There’s never been a spate like this before,’’ he said. ‘‘ I guess it’s just a sign of the times.’’
Anyone with information s h o u l d c a l l T o wn s v i l l e police on 4759 9777 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.