Thieves take off with $15k worth of tools

Thieves made off with around $15,000 worth of power tools and equipment after breaking into Crameriʼs Mitre 10 & CRT on the weekend. The theft has left hardware manager Bob Arnold, operations manager Stewart Crameri and managing director Bernie Crameri disappointed and having to now fill empty shelves.

Thieves have made off with around $15,000 worth of power tools and equipment from Crameri’s Mitre 10 & CRT during a brazen midnight robbery on the weekend.

Several top-of-the-line generators, nine chainsaws and an assortment of other power tools and equipment were stolen from the business after thieves broke in through the store’s front doors, leaving staff shaking their heads in disappointment.

Security cameras recorded a white Kia Sportage pull up at the business’ front car park, where two masked thieves proceeded to break into the building at 12.30 am Saturday morning.

The two offenders fled the scene shortly after, having loaded the vehicle with around $15,000 worth of items and also breaking into the store’s office area.

Leaving a bitter taste in the mouth of staff members when they arrived to work at 8 am Saturday morning, operations manager Stewart Crameri described the theft as “disappointing”.

“They (the thieves) got through the front entrance and went straight for the power tool section,” he said.

“They took three or four generators, nine chainsaws and general power tools as well and they were all high-priced items — I think it was an organised set up and the motivation looks to be money, they only took the expensive items and didn’t break anything.

“It’s disappointing for the staff, I know they were pretty upset about it because they take so much pride in their work and coming into the shop to see that, it’s pretty disappointing for everyone.”

Any witnesses or anyone with information on either incidents is urged to contact the Maryborough Police Station on 5460-3300, Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report on www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

For more on this story see Page 3 of The Advertiser, Friday, February 7

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