Business owners are cleaning up the aftermath of a series of Pialba break-ins - Terry Horton of Select Shopfitters Australia. Photo: Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Business owners are cleaning up the aftermath of a series of Pialba break-ins - Terry Horton of Select Shopfitters Australia. Photo: Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle Valerie Horton

Thieves in smashing rampage

BRAZEN bandits who smashed up nine Hervey Bay businesses in one night and stole an elderly woman's car are yet to be found.

Police said the unknown offenders used rocks to smash windows at nine businesses during a daring crime spree on Sunday night.

But after ransacking seven premises, the only thing the bumbling crooks managed to steal was a 1996 Holden Commodore and two pairs of women's Speedos.

The other two businesses had their windows smashed, but no entry was gained.

General duties police, crime scene investigators and property squad detectives were yesterday kept busy investigating the spate of crimes, which occurred at Urangan, Wondunna and Pialba.

Worst hit was an industrial area at Pialba, where the vandals broke windows at multiple businesses, stole two bathing suits from a swim school and snatched a car from an auto shop.

They drove a customer's blue Holden Commodore away from Mark Jorgensen Automotive, on Islander Rd, after using the vehicle to smash through a large metal gate.

Mr Jorgensen spent yesterday morning sweeping up the glass that littered the floor of his business, after the crims smashed a hole in a glass door to get inside.

He said they had initially tried to steal a Mercedes Benz but failed to start it because it was fitted with a smart lock.

He described the offenders as nothing but "grubs".

"How would you like to be them?" he said.

"At the end of the day, they are grubs and they will never enjoy the things we enjoy in life."

Mr Jorgensen said while he was fully insured, his concern was for the elderly woman who owned the vehicle.

"Old folks ... do very little mileage, but their car is everything to them. It's her independence," he said. "She's actually been very good about it."

Other Islander Rd businesses that were hit included Select Shop Fitters Australia, Elders Swim School and Fraser Coast Bolts.

There were two broken windows at Select Shop Fitters, but no one had gone inside. Similarly, Fraser Coast Bolts was smashed up, but no entry was gained.

A police spokesman said other break-ins occurred at Kingfisher's reservations centre in Urangan, Centacare at Pialba, Win Constructions in Wondunna and Xavier Catholic College, where a window was smashed and an admin building entered. Property crime unit police were confident an arrest would be made.



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