Police say forensic evidence is helping them close in on the group responsible for a dozen business break-ins in Hervey Bay.
Police say forensic evidence is helping them close in on the group responsible for a dozen business break-ins in Hervey Bay. Valerie Horton

Detectives analyse crime scenes

FORENSIC evidence is being analysed as detectives painstakingly piece together the clues left at a dozen Hervey Bay crime scenes.

Today marks day five of their investigation into break-ins at 12 businesses, all believed to have been carried out by the same offenders, who have left a trail of destruction from one end of town to the other.

The thieves stole a car from a Pialba auto shop and snatched two pairs of Speedos from a swim school during raids at nine businesses early on Sunday. They then hit two chemists on Monday morning before breaking into a school.

In each case, rocks were used to smash windows before the offenders made their way inside various establishments at River Heads, Burrum Heads, Wondunna, Urangan and Pialba.

Detectives from the Property Crime Unit have vowed to put an end to the crime spree, saying their targeted investigation was now closing in on the crooks.

Fingerprints were being analysed and CCTV footage is being reviewed, with still images expected to be released to the public in the coming days.

"We're onto them; we'll get them," said Detective Senior Constable Paul Griffiths.

Early yesterday, police found a stolen Holden Commodore, three days after it was pinched from a workshop on Islander Rd.

The vehicle, belonging to an elderly woman, was found on the Esplanade at Pialba, near the corner of Beach Rd, with some minor damage.

"The rear bumper was missing, but we already had that at the police station," Det Snr Const Griffiths said.

"It (the bumber bar) was found on the Hervey Bay-Maryborough Road near the new (Burrum Heads Rd) roundabout."

The vehicle was expected to be returned to its owner yesterday, after an examination by forensics officers.

Detectives have not been able to say whether the offenders lived on the Fraser Coast or were visiting for the school holidays.

"We can't say for certain whether they are from this area, it would just be speculation at this stage," Det Snr Const Griffiths said.



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