Maryborough Toyota is considering itself lucky after a masked offender failed to steal any goods or cash during a break in at the High Street dealership late last week.
At around 3.30 am on Friday morning a masked male offender levered open the dealership’s service door with a screw driver and pry bar and entered the service area.
No items were stolen or damaged during the break in and the offender was caught on the dealership’s security cameras and City CTTV.
Central Goldfields Crime Investigation Unit Senior Constable Matt Lewis said the offender patrolled the area in a car before attempting to break in.
“The offender was driving around casing the dealership in a silver four-door Ford Falcon sedan prior to breaking in,” he said.
“Upon breaking in, he went into the service area and ransacked through drawers before noticing the police divisional van patrolling through the service station across the road.
“The van’s headlights were shining straight into Toyota which spooked him and he took off.”
Sen Cons Lewis said the offender was inside the dealership for less than two minutes before he ran out to the Ford Falcon, which was parked on Inkerman Street opposite Phillip Gardens, and drove away.
The offender is aged in his 20s or 30s and was wearing an orange high vis work shirt over the top of a blue hooded jumper with white writing on the sleeves, dark pants, grey Nike runners and a white mask and gloves.
Anyone with information regarding the incident or who saw the silver Ford Falcon or its registration plates should contact Maryborough Police on 5460-3300 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
For more on this story see Page 5 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, September 11.