Thefts plummet on Sunshine Coast

THIEVES may be getting the message they are not welcome on the Sunshine Coast with 300 fewer reported break-ins this year so far.

But the statistics, provided by CIB chief, Detective Sen-ior Sergeant Daren Edwards, provide little comfort to two neighbouring Sippy Downs business owners who have been robbed twice in less than a month.

T and G Sand and Gravel's Gayle Ford and Indo Products' Allan Burt are still counting the cost after both their business were hit, first three weeks ago and then again last Monday night.

And to add insult to injury, one of T and G Sand and Gravel's employees also had his motorbike nicked from outside his home in Alexandra Headland this week.

Ms Ford said the employee had only had the bike for a few weeks.

"We've been in business for 20 years and yes, these incidents do make you lose faith," Ms Ford said.

"We've had problems before with young kids and graffiti, but it seems to be getting a lot worse now."

In the first incident, the thieves used bolt cutters to cut open the gates at T and G Sand and Gravel.

They made off with a company ute, then used the vehicle to steal a trailer full of tools and equipment worth more than $30,000 at Indo Products next door.

The car was found dumped in Doonan, but it was stripped of its bumper bars, headrests, spare wheels, battery and tools.

Then last week, thieves broke in again, stealing ornamental dinosaurs and komodo dragon worth several thousands of dollars.

The owners are hoping CCTV footage will help the police catch the culprits, but it is still unclear whether the two incidents are related.

Det Snr Sgt Edwards said while break-ins were down on figures from last year, there were still "spikes".

Police had been successful in capturing the thieves involved in a spate of break-ins in Montville last weekend.

"We were able to solve the three burglaries and recover $1000 worth of jewellery," Det Snr Sgt Edwards said.


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