Update @1.30pm: Police have released CCTV footage of the people involved in a serious of break ins across the South East overnight.
They’re hunting for four men, who used two stolen cars to ram shop fronts in Brisbane, Logan and the Gold Coast, causing significant amounts of damage, and stealing quantities of cash and cigarettes.
Police are urging the public to come forward if they have any information about the men, or the vehicles, particularly between 7.00pm and 2.00am.
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Detective Senior Sergeant Michael Corby says there are two points of particular interest:
“One of the motorvehicles was used to actually effect entry into one of the premises.
“The offences are linked by proximity and the vehicles are being investigated as a crime series,” Detective Senior Sergeant Michael Corby said.
“It’s disappointing that such significant damage has been caused to those businesses.
“Certainly the operators of the businesses are at a significant loss, in terms of being able to continue to operate their businesses and just the cost of repairing the damage,” he said.
Earlier @10.00am: Police are searching for two stolen vehicles which have been used to smash through businesses during an overnight crime spree across Brisbane, Logan and the Gold Coast.
A grey 2014 Mitsubishi Pajero with Queensland registration “043 VHN” and a white 2016 Hyundai i30 hatchback with Queensland registration “653 XIR”, with a logo on the driver’s side door that reads “Story House Early Learning”, were both stolen from a home along Birrilee Street, Carina Heights, sometime after 7pm on Monday.
It’s believed the same Pajero was then used to force its way through the front glass doors of a supermarket on Valley Way at Mount Cotton at around 1.00 on Tuesday, while the Hyundai was used as a ‘lookout’ vehicle.
Three men were spotted on CCTV getting out of the Pajero to enter the store while another man remained in the Hyundai.
But the plan was foiled by an employee who was still inside the store at the time.
The three men quickly bolted out of the supermarket before fleeing in the cars.
Around half an hour later, the same vehicles committed a similar offence at a supermarket on Peachey Road at Ormeau, again using the Pajero to smash through the glass doors.
All four men stormed the business, getting away with and cigarettes before fleeing in the vehicles, which were seen heading towards the Pacific Motorway.
Another half an hour later, the two vehicles committed the same crime at a newsagency on Logan River Road at Holmview where they got away with another stash of cigarettes.
Police are investigating.
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