Police Scene of Crime officers outside Kitty May’s Florist on Musgrave Street.
Police Scene of Crime officers outside Kitty May’s Florist on Musgrave Street. Chris Ison

Gang burgles Rocky businesses

SURROUNDED by cuddly toys, flowers and chocolates, Jody Holt should be a happy soul.

But there was no joy in her life yesterday as she cleaned up the mess left by raiders who smashed their way into Kitty May’s Florist in Musgrave Street.

“It’s been a bad week. I had a drunk in the shop on Monday who wouldn’t leave and now this,” said Jody, who manages the popular flower shop which was one of three Berserker businesses to be raided in the early hours of Friday morning.

“They broke the locks on all the windows, took the draw from the till and left again. I don’t think anything else was touched,” she said.

“I’m surprised whoever did it didn’t at least grab a box of chocolates from the fridge. They’re delicious.”

The till contained only coins – all the notes are banked each day – but the smash-and-grab raiders made about $150 for their few minutes of criminal behaviour.

In nearby Charles Street the same burglars are thought to have attempted to gain entry to Rockhampton Automatics.

But after smashing the locks on two doors, causing an estimated $500 in damage, they were foiled by an iron bar which prevented the front door to the office from being opened.

“If they had got in the alarms would have gone off,” said a spokesman for the company.

“There’s been a lot of crime around here lately and I wondered how long it would be before someone had a go at our place.”

The burglars also broke the door at Lead Childcare Berserker in Edward Street, and stole a small amount of cash.

Staff at the centre, which offers day care for children from 15 months to school age, said they expect to be targeted about twice a year.

Rockhampton Police have appealed for information about the break-and-enters which detectives believe were carried out by the same person or gang.



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