Shop robbed for third time
A TAKEAWAY shop robbed for the third time on the weekend is appealing to the public for help to catch the brazen thief.
Katie Hunt, who owns and runs Clinton Takeaway, approached The Observer this week for help following the ransacking break-in of her premises.
“They went through everything – under the cupboards, under the shelves, in the office, they opened the oven door – pulling everything out,” she said.
“They even checked the freezer. They left one of the freezer lids open.
“I had left the float in the microwave. They didn’t check the microwave.”
The only item the thief left with was a 1.25 litre of coke.
Ms Hunt said she was very fortunate they didn’t check the microwave and that a delivery person, well known to her, had noticed the door was open.
“She saw a guy walk out and she followed him,” she said.
Ms Hunt said the whole incident was caught on CCTV, with four cameras in the takeaway shop.
She said it was believed the BP service station had caught the thief on their CCTVs as the thief’s car was parked in their car park.
Ms Hunt said the thief had cut a small hole in the front door glass to lift the latch and when the door still would not move, they cut another hole in a panel to be able to move a wooden stick keeping the door from opening.
This was the third time in 19 months the takeaway shop had been broken into, while Ms Hunt has owned it.
She said she was broken into in the first week after she opened in February last year, with food and a large bottle of tomato sauce stolen.
Ms Hunt said the second break-in occurred about six months later with the thief inside the premises for about 45 minutes.
“We watched him on the footage break into the safe and take $600,” she said.
Ms Hunt said the thief attempted to break into the dog grooming shop next door, but was unable to get in.
She said the latest break-in has cost her $600 to replace the damaged glass panes.
“I’m not leaving any money on site anymore,” Ms Hunt said.
Snr Sergeant Julie Cook from Gladstone Police said the offenders exited the same way they came in.
She said the offenders smashed their way through the glass door and smashed the lock.
“The offender was observed on CCTV footage and decamped by the back door in a Ford Sedan which is on footage,” Sgt Cook said.