Major break-in at the plaza
Thousands stolen in cash, cigarettes and store items
THIEVES used ropes to lower themselves into Stanthorpe Plaza before breaking into five stores early on Monday morning.
Stanthorpe Police said offenders smashed a skylight in the roof before lowering themselves into the building and breaking into five stores by shattering windows, breaking roller doors and in one case breaking through a wall.
Owner of Outrite Computer and Gaming Shane Linton had thousands of dollars in cash stolen along with a laptop and other electronic goods. Offenders broke in by smashing a hole through the wall of the hairdressing salon next door.
“We’ve been here 10 years and never really expected it because it is really hard to get in here,” Mr Linton said.
“Obviously they already knew how to get in. I think they may have cased the place out for the past couple of days because they knew exactly where they had to go.”
Offenders stole cash and cigarettes from other stores including a hairdressing salon and the news agency and also helped themselves to items donated for a drought appeal.
The damage was discovered by a cleaner around 3am Monday morning. Police believe the offenders were in the centre for several hours.
Police are investigations the incident and urge anyone with information about the crime to come forward.
HOLE ENTRY: Offenders smashed a hole through a wall in Stanthorpe Plaza between the hairdresser and Outrite Computer and Gaming