Shopkeeper fears for safety
GLADSTONE is changing, and not for the better.
This is the opinion of the manager of Gladstone Pizza Capers, Michael Stockdale.
His store is only metres away from the Young Australian Bottle Shop, which was subject to an armed robbery on Wednesday night.
"I wasn't actually there at the time, but I got a phone call saying, 'you better get here because police need security footage'," he said.
"Of course I was worried."
He said he was particularly concerned about his staff.
"I employ 22 people (in this store), and a lot of them are 14 and 15-year-old girls," Mr Stockdale said.
"My main concern is for them."
Mr Stockdale said he became alerted to what he perceived as an increase in Gladstone crime when a service station was robbed earlier this month.
Two men held up the French St service station armed with baseball bats on January 21.
"Ever since the servo got hit the other week I've been concerned," he said.
"I think we all are.
"It's a safety concern for everyone.
"Gladstone just isn't Gladstone anymore."