Evelyn Willebrands, owner of Evi on Main, at her security grill which stood up to the intruders.
Evelyn Willebrands, owner of Evi on Main, at her security grill which stood up to the intruders. Alistair Brightman

Thieves attempt unsuccessful

THIEVES attempted to break into a string of businesses in Pialba’s Main Street and two hairdressing shops on the Esplanade at Torquay overnight on Monday, according to Hervey Bay police.

Peter and Evelyn Willebrands arrived at work in Main Street to find their store room containing old files had been broken into, the offenders mangling the door and damaging the locks, but nothing had been taken.

They said an unsuccessful attempt had also been made to break through the steel-barred security door that led into the shop and office.

Ms Willebrands has art business Evi on Main at the front of the shop while Mr Willebrands operates an accounting business at the rear.

They have just bought the premises and have only been occupying it for about three months.

Ms Willebrands said it gave her an uneasy feeling and it was a nuisance to have to deal with the break-in and phone locksmiths instead of getting on with the day.

Octane Cafe a few doors down was also targeted but owner Sue Braine said the thieves did not get in.

She said that about a month ago someone got into a power box and turned off the power to a number of shops.

A Hervey Bay police spokesperson said attempts to break in were also made at 13 Main Street, the Commonwealth Respite Care Centre and C and P Property, both at 31 Main Street, and Urban Fringe Hair and Beauty at 55 Main Street.

He said it was likely it was the same offender or offenders trying to break in.

The spokesman said that in Torquay, attempts were made to break into Rodney’s Men’s Hairdresser at 425 the Esplanade and Bay Cutting Edge at 401 the Esplanade.

Also, he said, it was discovered yesterday that between 8pm on Sunday and 10am yesterday someone had broken into Bayside Christian Church through a small window in a hall at the rear of the church and stolen $17 cash, lollies, a laptop computer and a paper shredder.

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