Theodore business targeted – Central Queensland Today

Kym Mathews inspecting the damage at the Theodore IGA.

By Matthew Pearce

Businesses in the small town of Theodore were hit by a string of break and enter in the early hours of Wednesday, November 23, including the Theodore Bowls Club, Theodore IGA and Xtreme1 service station.

The break-ins followed other incidents at Biloela and Baralaba.

Theodore Newsagency owner and CQ Today columnist Paul Fowkes said Tuesday Night started with alarms going off at the post office.

“At the newsagency we made the 000 call and investigated within minutes, later being advised it was Stevie the cat waking up and going for a stretch after being locked inside,” he said.

“However from about 3.30am the following morning things changed, with the Theodore Bowls Club hit, then the IGA before an attempt at the service station.”

Trade was restricted for the whole day at the Theodore IGA on Wednesday, with one of their front glass doors shattered.

Manager Kim Matthews told CQ Today there had never been an incident like this at the store before.

Mr Fowkes said the video cameras at the newsagency picked up activity on the street with the offenders using an allegedly stolen car, and allegedly stopping briefly opposite the police station.

The newsagency owner, a former police officer, said he felt the State Government had “little or no interest in making the scum of society pay for their deeds”.

“However, the same government pats themselves on their backs and slaps their fellow ministers’ bums for successfully increasing the traffic fines and quadrupling speed cameras,” he said.

“Break and enter offenders can and should receive 10 years in jail but the scum responsible just seem to get bailed only to reoffend or fail to appear.”

Mr Fowles said people needed to step up and say something when they witnessed a crime.

He said he felt security cameras were a good crime deterrent.

“If every business in Theodore had an active camera system, then those businesses may be less of a target,” he said.

“A camera system has been suggested by many locals since the break-ins two years prior. Again who will fund it, who will monitor it and who will maintain the system? It all costs. “Why not make grants available to businesses to install alarms or camera systems.”

Queensland Police Service was contacted for comment, but was unable to respond by the time of deadline.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

Report crime information anonymously via Crime Stoppers. Call 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au.

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