Police are investigating after two men smashed through the window of Maleny Jewellers early Monday morning and stole about $20,000 worth of stock. Owners Jim and Sandra Goulton said it was a devastating blow. Photo: Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily.
Police are investigating after two men smashed through the window of Maleny Jewellers early Monday morning and stole about $20,000 worth of stock. Owners Jim and Sandra Goulton said it was a devastating blow. Photo: Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily. Patrick Woods

$20k jewellery store theft a devastating blow

A DEVASTATING break-in has left a Sunshine Coast jewellery store struggling even more to stay afloat amid coronavirus restrictions.

Early yesterday morning, two men wearing hoodies and gloves broke into Maleny Jewellers on Maple St, taking off with about $20,000 worth of stock.

A Queensland Police spokeswoman said the offenders smashed the front window of the store and a locked glass display cabinet.

JEWELLERY STORE BLOW: Maleny Jewellers was targeted in a brazen robbery early Monday morning.
JEWELLERY STORE BLOW: Maleny Jewellers was targeted in a brazen robbery early Monday morning.

CCTV shows the men break through the window with what appears to be a bat, reaching in and taking the jewellery before fleeing the scene.

Owner Sandra Goulton told the Daily she estimated the men stole $20,000 worth of jewellery, but was thankful more "valuable" pieces were safely hidden.

She said it was a devastating blow to the family-run business, which was already struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"It's quite sickening," Mrs Goulton said.

Mrs Goulton said she and her husband Jim, who recently celebrated 20 years of business, were doing everything they could to stay open as COVID-19 restrictions affected businesses across the country.

"Things are going on as normal," she said. "I'm not going to lie, we just have to (keep running)."

Maleny Jewellers owners Jim and Sandra Goulton. Photo Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily.
Maleny Jewellers owners Jim and Sandra Goulton. Photo Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily. Patrick Woods

Today staff were operating out of a table in front of the Riverside Shopping Centre storefront as dozens of customers stopped by to wish them well.

"It's such a beautiful community. I've just been inundated with messages," Mrs Goulton said.

"People realise … that it's not just the break-in, we're actually dealing with the other issue of COVID-19."

The break-in comes after a several similar thefts across southeast Queensland, including two Caloundra stores that were targeted in one night.

Last week, police said they were experiencing a spike in property offences despite more people being at home.

Mrs Goulton said Maleny Jewellers would continue to operate despite the huge loss, doing everything they could to be creative and "spread a bit of cheer for those stuck at home".

They are in the process of creating a new website where customers will be able to shop from home.

Police are investigating the theft and anyone with information is being urged to come forward.

Quote this reference number: QP2000689552.


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