Opportune thieves stole alcohol after a bottle shop’s alarm failed.
Opportune thieves stole alcohol after a bottle shop’s alarm failed. KRISTY MARTIN

Party the undoing of booze thieves

TWO BOOZY bandits just didn’t know when to stop when they robbed a Hervey Bay bottle shop on Monday night.

The pair couldn’t believe their luck when a failed alarm allowed them to return to the Thirsty Camel at Eli Waters and stock up on grog three times in one night.

But we all know that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

The men got so caught up in their success that they then made the mistake of partying with the spoils well into the night, which ended with a visit from police.

When officers showed up at the party about 3.30am yesterday and saw a group of young adults with eight cartons of beer and 10 bottles of spirits, they knew something was up.

The clueless crims allegedly smashed a bottle shop window at 10pm and when that failed to sound an alarm, they returned to the scene several times to steal more booze, apparently without the fear of being caught.

Police say they only detected the robbery after being called to the noisy party on Fairway Drive, just down the road from the Ibis Boulevard bottle shop.

There they found a group of young adults with “excessive” amounts of alcohol.

Senior Constable Brad Allen of Hervey Bay CIB said the officers who attended received information that the alcohol was stolen and they then traced the goods back to the Thirsty Camel.

Most of the alcohol was able to be retrieved and was expected to be returned to the store.

Police yesterday collected CCTV footage and realised the alleged offenders had boldly returned to the scene on at least two occasions.

It is understood the pair had no getaway car; they simply carried the boxes of beer and bottles of spirits from the scene.

The men have each been charged with two counts of enter premises and commit an indictable offence.

It is understood they were intoxicated when they were arrested and spent most of yesterday in the Hervey Bay watch-house before being charged.

They were bailed and are due to appear in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on March 18.

Snr Const. Allen said a further three people, a 17-year-old woman and two men, aged 18 and 20, were expected to be charged with receiving stolen goods.



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