SUPERINTENDENT Rowan Bond has seen a lot of heartless acts in his many years on the beat but what happened outside Caneland Central Shopping Centre in Mackay takes the cake.

A 61-year-old man's groceries were stolen from his shopping trolley while he talked to friend driving by the centre's taxi rank.

It took just 10 minutes and it was all caught on the centre's CCTV cameras.

Supt Bond, Mackay District police chief, said the man had come out of the shopping centre between 7.40pm and 7.50pm on Wednesday, October 21.

He had seen a friend who was passing by and left his trolley full of groceries on the footpath near the taxi rank to walk less than 50 metres away to talk to her.

“In the meantime, a 2008 white Prado has driven past, done a u-turn and come back and pulled up beside the trolley,” Supt Bond said.

“A man has got out of the front passenger side of the vehicle and grabbed the 61-year-old's groceries from the trolley and driven away.”

Supt Bond said he had seen some heartless acts in time but this ranked among the worst.

“It makes you wonder why someone who is driving a $60,000 Prado would want to steal someone's groceries,” he said.

“Surely if you can afford to drive a Prado you could afford to buy your own groceries.

“There were about four bags in the trolley, and we know it doesn't take much to run up to a hundred dollars' worth.

“They should be very embarrassed. There are no excuses.”



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