A Pialba sports store was raided over the weekend.
A Pialba sports store was raided over the weekend.

Thieves in smash raid

THIEVES who broke into a sports store over the weekend have left a “Hansel and Gretel” like trail behind them, the only difference being they have dropped exclusive sportswear instead of breadcrumbs.

A fashion trend for wearing sharp sportswear is believed to have been behind a break and enter at the Shop First sports store in Central Plaza, Hervey Bay, that occurred Saturday night or in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Police report it is the third time this year that the sports store has been burgled.

Senior Constable Mick Bleakley said it was likely that there was more than one offender involved due to the way articles of sportswear were scattered around the large Central Plaza commercial area.

“It looks like the offenders have used a paling off a wooden pallet to strike the main shopfront window, causing it to shatter,” Snr Const Bleakley said.

“They have then kicked the thickened glass inwards to gain access before stealing articles of footwear and sports apparel.

“We think there may have been more than one person involved as the clothes and shoes were strewn about the shopping complex in two directions leading away from the store.”

Snr Const Bleakley said items of stolen sportswear were easy to sell due to high demand for that type of clothing among youths.

The value of the stolen goods is estimated to run to thousands of dollars while the replacement value of the window is though to be about $2500.

Police investigations are continuing.



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