CCTV image of the alleged offender who broke into the Stanwell Shop on January 22.
CCTV image of the alleged offender who broke into the Stanwell Shop on January 22.

Thieves steal donation tins from rural shops

UPDATE Thursday 9am: THREE Central Queensland businesses are believed to be the victims of the same juvenile thieves after break-ins overnight on January 21. 

  Policemedia report that the Wowan Roadhouse, Dingo Roadhouse and the Stanwell Shop were all broken into between 10pm-2am (January 21-22) with security footage and eyewitnesses reporting three youths responsible. 

 Wowan Roadhouse owner Debbie Lindley was woken up at 10.20pm by a motion detector alarm in her store.   

"I live right next door to the roadhouse and the motion detector alarm went off and I saw the vehicle facing towards my house running with the lights on.  

"As I've come into someone's view they've ran off out of the shop to the passenger side of the car and they took off.  

"I rang triple-0 (000) and I had our local police officer put a report into Policelink and another come Wednesday morning doing fingerprints and evidence photos."

 Mrs Lindely said that the thieves came away with just under $3,000 worth of cigarettes after gaining entry through a window and breaking into the cigarette cabinet.  

The culprits were then seen by Mrs Lindley turning their vehicle, believed to be a silver landcruiser or Patrol wagon with a black roof rack, onto the Leichardt Highway towards Dululu.   

The theft didn't stop there with the Stanwell Shop on Main Street hit next just before 1am.   

A policemedia spokesman said that a single youth smashed a window and gained entry by standing on an aircon unit.   

He then looked in the cash register before taking a charity tin and cigarettes.   

Leigh Condon from the Stanwell Shop said that her security footage clearly shows three people speeding away in their vehicle after the alarm was tripped.   

"After discussions with other businesses in the area, the images and names of these three assailants are known," Mrs Condon said.   

"It's frustrating that they think it's their god given right to take what they want.  

"And it's disappointing that they've nabbed a charity tin."  

Mrs Condon said that the alarm spooked the intruder to take off before they could steal more items or cash. 

Chrissie McLeod from Policemedia reports that the three youths were then spotted again in Dingo.

 "At 2am, a staff member at the Dingo Roadhouse went outside and saw three youths at the rear window," Officer McLeod said.   

"The three youths then ran from the address, through the rear gate."    Investigations into these three break-ins are still ongoing.   

Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers at 1800 333 000. 

EARLIER: THE STANWELL Shop and Wowan Roadhouse have both been victims of break ins overnight.

A police media spokeswoman advised officers attended the Wowan Roadhouse last night at 10.25pm.

It was reported at least one male person broke into the service station and stole cigarettes and the ambulance donation box.

It is believed they were in a silver Patrol wagon with roof racks.

The Stanwell Shop was also broken into via a smashed window.

It is believed the rescue helicopter donation was stolen.

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