Police on the hunt for two serial thieves in Moranbah.
Police on the hunt for two serial thieves in Moranbah. Paul Donaldson BUN120617POL3

Detectives reveal concerning Moranbah crime pattern

A PAIR of brazen thieves who broke into a local sports club in Moranbah could be linked to several other offences in the town, police have alleged.

Thieves allegedly broke into the Moranbah Miners Leagues Club in the early hours of January 27, 'substantially damaging' eight poker machines.

Detective Sergeant Martin Ziebarth said the thieves used various tools and 'ripped apart' the machines to get inside.

"There's some evidence gathered at the scene and other scenes that are linking this offence to other offences [in the area]," he said.

Det Sgt Ziebarth said the thieves appeared to be targeting sports clubs and other premises with cash floats on their premises. Safes have also been targeted.

He believes the thieves are local to the Moranbah area and are starting to get more greedy, with the time between each offence shrinking.

"The offenders are going to extreme lengths to steal money," Det Sgt Ziebarth said.

"A lot of the people in these clubs are volunteers and do the work for the wider community,

"These small sporting clubs don't generate a lot of profit, when you get setbacks like these, it's quite devastating."

Det Sgt Ziebarth could not comment on the other offences due to ongoing investigations.

He has advised local businesses to check and revise their security measures.



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