Kooweerup crime spree

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A cluster of burglaries at Kooweerup businesses last week has sparked police concern.

Most recently a pair of thieves broke into the Royal Hotel about 4.55am on Sunday 4 September.

The raiders pulled up beside the bottleshop entrance in a small white hatchback before the man in the passenger seat used an angle grinder to cut open one of the doors and a stolen Stihl blower vack to jemmy open the doors.

He searched the till area and stole alcohol from the fridge.

That same weekend, a pizza shop and Kooweerup Subway were also targeted by burglars.

Detective Senior Constable Mick Van Der Heyden said he was confident someone would identify the car in the CCTV footage to the Royal Hotel break-in.

“The passenger appeared to be a male aged in his 20s. His face was covered with a scarf and he was wearing a black hooded jumper, a long yellow top and blue pants,” Sen Const Van Der Heyden said.

“To have three burglaries to commercial premises in Kooweerup in the one weekend is quite odd.

“I’d suggest that businesses and residents be vigilant, and keep an eye on suspicious cars and consider deterrent measures like alarms and CCTV.”

Anyone who can identify the vehicle or who may have more information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Originally published at Pakenham Gazette.

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About Alana Mitchelson

Alana Mitchelson is a journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Follow her on Twitter at @AlanaMitchelson.

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