by Matthew Newton
THE Chinchilla business community has been left reeling after a string of break-ins in the past five days.
Chinchilla police's Senior Constable Will Batten said the C&K Chinchilla Community Kindergarten, Chinchilla Wreckers & Repairs, a private dwelling, the Chinchilla Christian College kindergarten, Western Downs Regional Council Depot on Canaga Street, Bob's Pet Supplies, Purple Cow Butchery, and Chinchilla Garden Centre had all been targeted by unknown offenders.
Snr Con Batten said at this stage, police were operating under the assumption that the break-ins were linked, based on the method of entry - smashing glass doors - and what was stolen from the businesses.
"While we can't confirm it at this stage, the break-ins are very similar in the majority of these instances," he said.
"It's been predominantly cash that's been taken from the businesses as well."
While police have no specific leads, they are combing through a large amount of CCTV footage and are hopeful that further enquiries will produce a usable image of the offender/s.
Police spent most of yesterday investigating the break-ins and speaking to members of the public.
Snr Con Batten said while in these cases the offender/s had gained entry by smashing glass doors, it was imperative that businesses and home-owners made sure they locked their properties to minimise the likelihood of a break-in.
Anyone with any information can contact Policelink on 1800 333 000 or Chinchilla Police on 4672 9666.
1. C&K Chinchilla Community Kindergarten: At some point between May 3 and 4, unknown offender/s smashed a glass sliding door at the rear of the building and taken $1680 - which was to be used to pay for student photographs. The offender/s rummaged through the administration area, and poured detergent over different items and spots in the building. Police were able to recover hand prints from the scene.
2. Chinchilla Wreckers & Repairs: Between midday on May 6 and 4pm on May 7, unknown offender/s smashed a front glass panel on the business and moved property around inside the business, making off with $50 from the till.
3. Private dwelling on Skewis Street: Between 6pm on May 5 and 9pm on May 7, unknown offenders broke in through a bedroom window and stole a number of items of both women's and men's clothes. The offender/s then used the shower and toilet.
4. Chinchilla Christian College Kindergarten: Between 4pm on May 5 and 5.20am on May 8, unknown offender/s entered by smashing a rear office window and searched the entire building. Police have no reports of property being taken at this point in time.
5. Western Downs Regional Council depot: Between 8am on May 7 and 6am on May 8, unknown offender/s have attempted to gain entry to one glass office door, which they smashed but were unable to break. A second office was entered, where unknown offenders unsuccessfully tried to force open a locked cupboard.
6. Bob's Pet Supplies: Between 9.30am on May 6 and 6.30am on May 8, unknown offender/s have attempted to enter through a rear door, forcing open a security screen. They were unable to make it past the dead-bolted, padlocked second door, so went to the front of the business and smashed a glass door. The offender/s ransacked the office and took $30.
7. Purple Cow Butchery: Between 2pm on May 6 and 11am on May 7, unknown offender/s used a jimmy too to pry open a rear sliding door. Two cutlery sets and two chef's knives were stolen after a search of the building.
8. Chinchilla Garden Centre: Between 6.45pm on May 7 and 8.05am on May 8, unknown person/s entered through the main sliding door and searched the business. Police have no reports of property being taken at this point in time.