Police are hunting a group of thieves believed to be behind a string of early-morning break-ins at pubs across the Gold Coast, Logan and Brisbane.
The group of six targeted a total of five pubs during their three-hour crime spree, leaving a trail of destruction along the way.
The first occurred at a bowls club in Cleveland around 1.45am, where police say the thieves forced their way in via the front doors before causing “significant damage” to the club.
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“The six occupants of a silver 2017 Lexus and white 2016 Subaru Outback were seen leaving the area a short time later,” police said.
They then travelled to the Gold Coast, where they forced open the back doors of a pub along Peachey Road in Ormeau before damaging a number of poker machines inside and taking off with cash.
The crime spree then moved to Beaudesert, where the masked thieves again damaged a number of poker machines inside a William Street club before stealing cash and bottles of alcohol.
Around 4am, the same two vehicles then smashed their way through the front glass doors of pub on Tamborine Oxenford Road at Wongawallan where they again damaged poker machines, removed an amount of cash and alcohol.
The last stop of the morning was a pub on Pascoe Road at Ormeau where the group repeated the same antics before driving back to Brisbane where they dumped both vehicles at the end of Ada Street at Coopers Plains before setting them both alight and fleeing the scene in a black SUV on nearby Delph Street.
“Police have established the vehicles used in these incidents were stolen from Algester and Mount Warren Park on November 29,” police said.
Investigations into the break-ins are continuing.
Anyone with information is urged to come forward.
You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.