Thieves grab jewellery

GOLD opal jewellery valued at $45,000 was stolen from a Gladstone store on the weekend.

Pep’s Pottery and Gifts on Goondoon Street was broken into between 6pm on Friday and 8.50am Saturday.

The offenders smashed a 30cm wide hole in through a fibro wall with a brick and stole $45,000 worth of loose gold opal jewellery.

The Observer spoke to the owner of Pep’s Pottery and Gifts yesterday who said that for such a large amount of loose opals, it would be difficult for the thieves to sell the valuable booty locally.

Snr Sergeant Julie Cook from Gladstone Police said the offenders exited the same way; through the 30cm hole.

“We are asking for anyone with information to contact the Gladstone CIB or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” Sgt Cook said.

In other news, police were kept busy with another break and enter at Clinton Takeaway on the Dawson Highway.

Sgt Cook 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.

At this time we believe that the offender was looking for cash but at this time we are not sure if he was successful.

They have caused damage by knocking shelves over but as of yet what was stolen hasn’t been determined.”

Police are investigating both incidents.

On Friday morning a man was caught driving while six times over the legal blood alcohol limit.

The man was arrested after he was caught allegedly drink-driving on the Bruce Highway south of Gladstone.

Police say the Sunshine Coast man recorded a blood alcohol level of 0.329.



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