Crime alert; thieves targeting tobacco and cigarette stockists

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Senior Constable Rebecca McMeniman on 

Over the past couple of months, there has been an increase in offenders smashing their way into shops that stock cigarettes and tobacco.

These occurrences are happening in the early hours of the morning in areas of the Sunshine Coast that are more remote and have limited traffic frequenting the area during these times.

On January 6, offenders allegedly smashed their way into a service station on Simpson Street in Beerwah, taking cigarettes and tobacco.

A 32-year-old man of no fixed address has been charged in relation to this offence.

Investigations are continuing.

On January 24, it is alleged that unknown offenders smashed their way into a tobacconist located on David Low Way in Pacific Paradise, taking cigarettes and tobacco.

A white Honda Civic with a sunroof was observed leaving the location at the time of the offence.

On January 24, it is alleged that unknown offenders have smashed their way into a grocery store located on Wises Road, Maroochydore stealing cigarettes and tobacco.

On January 28, unknown offenders allegedly smashed their way into a grocery store at Tewantin and stole cigarettes, tobacco and a cigarette cabinet.

On January 29, three offenders allegedly used an axe to smash their way into a petrol station located on David Low Way at Bli Bli and stole cigarettes.

An 23-year-old Marsden man and an 19-year-old Marsden man were charged and will appear in Beenleigh Magistrates Court on February 24.

On February 10, it is alleged that unknown offenders smashed their way into a tobacconist located on David Low Way, Pacific Paradise and stole cigarettes and tobacco.

Police are requesting your help to report any suspicious vehicles located near these types of shops during any time of the day.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Quote these reference numbers: QP2000037222, QP2000162922, QP2000162965, QP2000200030, QP2000285450

 
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