Police warn: Be careful while unpacking your groceries from the car

Queensland Police have issued a friendly reminder about removing keys from the ignitions of vehicles while unpacking groceries following an incident in Mackay over the weekend.

Police say that at about 1:00 pm yesterday “a woman has driven home from shopping with her groceries. As she has began taking the shopping from the car into the house and was away from the car for seconds… an opportunistic offender has entered the home garage and started the car with the keys which were in the ignition.

“Before the car could be driven away, the victim has ran back to the car and began banging on the window and shouting at the male in the drivers seat.


“The male has exited the car and ran in a northerly direction along Binnington Esplanade to where another car containing three other people was parked.

“This car has collected the male and then been driven away from the area. Luckily in this case, only the garage door remote has been stolen.”

The offender, described as being a male of caucasian appearance, of large build and wearing a black hat, remains on the run with Mackay Police urging anyone with information to contact them.

“We must suggest to all car owners that taking the keys from the ignition while your car is temporarily unattended is the right thing to do.

“You just never know who is watching you.”