Back to business after thieves raid outlets



JOHN Martin was thankful his coffee shop was open yesterday after it was one of five Stockland Rockhampton businesses broken into at the weekend.

The Jamaica Blue owner said although there was minimal damage done to his shop and only a few minor items taken, it could have been a lot worse.

"They've broken the door and jumped over the counter and taken some drinks and a few biscuits,'' he said.

"There was also rubbish strewn all over the place and they've used the chairs as a playground, but they obviously knew how to get in and knew what they were doing.''

Wendy's owner John Olive also reported minor damage to his store.

"They've jumped the counter and thrown jaffas all over the place but if they had got into the back they could have done much more damage,'' Mr Olive said.

Other stores broken into included Waynes World of Meats, Brumby's and another business.

Rockhampton CIB Detective Senior Sergeant Graham Richards said the offenders gained entry to the centre by cutting through a security fence and jemmying open doors about 11pm on Sunday.

Police apprehended three youths after a foot chase.

They are still searching for others involved.



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