UPDATE: Dozens of businesses, homes hit in theft spree
TUESDAY: MORE victims of the weekend's break-and-enter spree in Hervey Bay have come forward.
In about 48 hours, at least nine businesses, three homes and three garages were left damaged and ransacked across Hervey Bay.
Two motorbikes, a motorised scooter, three iPads, digital watches, a mobile phone and cash were among the items reported stolen, while other buildings and homes were left senselessly damaged.
Queensland Computers on Torquay Rd, Two Ducks Café & Asian Grocery in Urangan and The Torquay caravan park were among the businesses targeted.
CCTV footage from Fosters & Co Family Jewellers in Urangan showed the moment a young man used a rock to smash a hole in the store's shop front.
It took a few attempts to bust through to glass, but the thief was able to make a hole big enough for him to reach through and steal five watches; worth about $2800 in total.
Store manager Adam Foster told the Chronicle it took the young man just 20 seconds to steal the watches and cause thousands of dollars worth of damage.
Mr Foster said the stolen watches were distinctive, and only sold at their jewellers.
"They stole five watches, Diesel watches," Mr Foster said.
"We're the only people who sell them on the Fraser Coast, they're exclusive to us. We've never sold one before and they're one-off's, so any out in the community right now were most likely ours."
The rock used to break into the jewellers was left at the scene.
Acting Inspector Dave Briese said the Hervey Bay detectives were working to find the person or people responsible for the break-ins.
If you have any information that may be able to help police, you can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Police Link on 13 14 44.
SUNDAY: GAY Williams is well and truly over the criminal behaviour happening in Hervey Bay.
The Boundary Oasis General Store owner, who is "still in shock" over the incidents, says this following a weekend crime spree spanning from Torquay to Pialba.
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And Ms Williams' store was "just one of the unlucky ones, I guess."
"A staff member found out at 6am this morning; the screen door was pried open, and the SES charity tin was taken," she said.
"There were a number of phone cords and a bag of lollies that were also taken. There was minimal damage...(but) I'm still in shock."
CCTV captured the alleged thieves in action, but Ms Williams said the damage has already been done.
"I'm still in shock over the criminal behaviour in Hervey Bay. I'm well and truly over it."
She wasn't the only one who was targeted, with up to eight other buildings, including a Pialba computer store, two Esplanade cafes, a caravan park and a Torquay residence allegedly targeted between Friday and Sunday.
A new jewellery store in Urangan was also targeted by thieves, with the front-shop window smashed and a number of items taken from the displays.
Thousands of dollars worth of damage was done after the thieves smashed in glass windows and doors across the various properties.
The incidents come less than two weeks after the Pier One resort and Hervey Bay Rent-A-Car were broken into by masked thieves.
Hervey Bay senior constable Tony Watherston said it was a number of alleged offenders who were running around smashing windows to gain entry.
He confirmed that detectives were investigating.
"It's an ebb and flow; sometimes we have a lot of break and enters, other times not," he said.
"The offenders are being very busy at the moment, and we hope to capture them."
Police believe the incidents are related at this stage.