Mark Roati, owner of Rocky Pet World, takes a break from repairing the hole left in the roof of his store after it was broken into Saturday night.
Mark Roati, owner of Rocky Pet World, takes a break from repairing the hole left in the roof of his store after it was broken into Saturday night. Allan Reinikka

Thief drops in through ceiling

ROCKY Pet World owners Mark and Jeanette Roati arrived at their shop on Sunday morning to find "half the ceiling on the floor".

The Redhill Homemaker Centre shop was broken into for the first time in 13 years on Saturday night.

But Mr Roati said with a recent spike in robberies in the Rockhampton area it was no surprise.

"I've been expecting it," he said yesterday.

"I knew it'd just be a matter of time - it's getting to be a joke."

Sergeant Allan Fleming of Rockhampton police said the intruders had gained access through the roof.

"They've come in through the air-conditioning unit and then accessed the ducting," he said.

Mr Roati said that the drop from the ceiling to the floor was about 6m.

"Someone would definitely be walking around with a limp today," he said.

The thieves then escaped through a back door.

Mr Roati said the float from one of the tills had been taken as well as a safe, which luckily was empty.

Bunnings Warehouse was also the target of thieves on Sunday night.

Sgt Fleming said thieves gained entry by jemmying a rear roller door and stole a quantity of glue before fleeing.

It was believed no other items had been taken.

The attack comes after seven break-ins in nine nights at Mitre 10 in Elphinstone St, where glue products were taken.

Manager Geoff Gohdes said something had to be done.

"By the end of the week we had paid more than $5000 in damage," he said.

"I hope it doesn't happen again, but my hopes aren't too high."

Sgt Fleming said four juveniles had been apprehended in relation to the Bunnings incident and that it was likely charges would be laid.

But Mr Roati said that wasn't enough.

"These kids get a rap on the knuckles and then that's it," Mr Roati said.

 

RECENT ROBBERIES

  • February 21: Armed robbery - Arcade Newsagency, East St
  • February 28 & 29: Break-ins - Mitre 10, Elphinstone St
  • March 5: Armed robbery - Domino's Pizza Store, Bridge St
  • March 10: Break in - Rocky Pet World, Redhill Centre
  • March 11: Break in - Bunnings Warehouse, Yaamba Rd


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