Milk bar ram-raided by stolen ute
A solitary can of soft drink was all thieves took when they ramraided a Kialla business early yesterday in a stolen ute.
Shepparton Crime Investigation Unit Detective Senior Constable Luke Arrowsmith said a white Mitsubishi Triton ute was stolen from a Shepparton address early yesterday.
It was later used to ram through the glass front doors of The Shop cafe and takeaway business at Kialla Lakes.
Police attempted to intercept the ute a short time later on Channel Rd, Shepparton, but it sped off, Det Sen Constable Arrowsmith said.
Shop owner Peter Smallwood said while the thieves did not steal anything, they did a lot of damage to the shop door as they reversed into it.
On the day the business was supposed to reopen for dine-in customers after the most recent COVID-19 lockdown, Mr Smallwood instead found himself starting his day by selling newspapers out of the boot of his car to his regular customers. ‘‘It’s a bit of a blow,’’ he said. ‘‘The stupidity of it all. It’s senseless. They took a can of drink.’’
Mr Smallwood believes the thieves were scared off by neighbours yelling after they heard the ute crash into the shop.
Mr Smallwood and his staff managed to clean up the shop and open to customers for the day from about 10.30 am yesterday — albeit without a front door.
The door was to be boarded up last night and Mr Smallwood was hoping a new door would be installed today.
● Anyone who saw any of the events transpire is asked to call Shepparton Crime Investigation Unit on 5820 5777 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppersvic.com.au