Shop owner takes to Facebook to find stolen goods
IT may be like finding a needle in a haystack, but Gladstone shop owner Julie Morgan is determined to track down the Janome sewing machine brazenly stolen from her store on Thursday.
Valued at $1599, the quality machine was nicked from The Fabric Palette on Auckland St after a break-and-enter, during which thieves jimmied the locks to make entry.
Mrs Morgan took to social media in a bid to apprehend the thieves and get the pricey piece of equipment back, but as of yesterday she had not had much luck.
"It's still not back. I don't know if it's going to come back," she said. "I don't know what their (thieves) deal is."
The local store owner of The Fabric Palette and Sew Darn Fine said shoplifting and stealing offences had been on the rise of late, with a number of small businesses she knew of also suffering losses at the hands of thieves.
"I've actually caught people (shoplifting) myself; it's very disturbing," she said.
Mrs Morgan said the mark-up on sewing machines like the one stolen was minimal, estimating she would have to sell about $10,000 worth of machines to cover the loss of the one nabbed on Thursday.
Anyone with information about the stolen Janome should contact Gladstone Police on 4971 322 or see Julie in-store.