Ma­jor break-in at the plaza

Thou­sands stolen in cash, cig­a­rettes and store items

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS - Liana Walker Liana.Walker@bor­der­post.com.au

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.

PHOTO: LIANA WALKER

HOLE EN­TRY: Of­fend­ers smashed a hole through a wall in Stan­thorpe Plaza be­tween the hair­dresser and Outrite Com­puter and Gam­ing

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