$20k jewellery theft near airport
THE MOOD was dark but defiant at an industrial estate near Hervey Bay Airport yesterday where six businesses were broken into on Monday and Tuesday nights.
Superior Jewellery owner Rodney Michell was shattered with early estimates that up to $20,000 worth of jewellery had been stolen from the Southern Cross Circuit premises.
“I just don’t understand their reasoning. I thought it was a safe place.”
Mr Michell said the majority of rings, necklaces and bracelets taken from the unit were commercial stock.
That said, store customers and a few Superior Jewellery clients did lose their sentimental treasures.
A security camera was also dismounted and stolen and the locks on security doors were destroyed.
The thief, or thieves, broke into Mr Michell’s business on Tuesday night, along with two others in the same complex and a fourth across the road.
The first to discover what had happened was Andrew Kuzmanovic from Bay Mechanical.
At 6.30am yesterday Mr Kuzmanovic found his unit door had been jemmied open with a computer scanner, rattle gun and radiator pressure tester taken.
The specialist diagnostic equipment was valued at about $4000 but would be useless to whoever took it because cables were left behind.
Mr Kuzmanovic called police and CIB officers fingerprinted the doors of the companies.
“For a small business just starting out it’s a big kick in the guts,” Mr Kuzmanovic said.
Next door Red Frog Recording Studio owner Anthony Asquith was left with all of his equipment but remained determined to increase security.
The fourth business broken into was across the road and a car was also broken into.
Another two companies were targeted on Monday night.
Police investigations are ongoing.