SMASH AND GRAB: Owner promises year of free washes for information
KINGAROY Car and Dog Wash was targeted by thieves for the third time in two years this morning.
CCTV captured it all.
The robbery came just after the owners had spent $250,000 on upgrading their car wash facilities.
Owner Richard Mason arrived at the scene of the robbery after the security alarm woke him up.
He was only three minutes too late.
At 2.56am a dual-cab Toyota Hi-Lux utility pulled up at the family-owned business
The two thieves were wearing hoods, and masks. They were unrecognisable.
They then proceeded to wrap a chain around the cash-teller machine.
"That thing weighs a hell of a lot," Mr Mason said.
"It's a big job to try and move it. Because it is full, and bolted down with lots of concrete.
"That's why it took them quite a few tries to get it free from where we bolted it down."
Only a few minutes later, the thieves drove through the car wash with the machine dragging behind them.
Mr Mason estimates more than $50,000 worth of damage was done.
"I got here and I was just devastated," Mr Mason said.
"This is not what we were expecting this Easter.
"They came here knowing exactly what they were doing. They targeted us for a reason."
Mr Mason said he believed the crime was part of a broader problem.
"Crime is always a community problem," he said.
"Last time this happened one of the guys ended up in jail. I don't know if he's out yet."
A robbery of this nature can hit a small community business hard.
"It's been two years since this happened last time and we've only just gotten back on our feet," Mr Mason said.
"It's going to take until end of next week or longer before we can get another teller and get this lane up and going again.
"We've got one coming in from Melbourne and it's really costing us big."
Mr Mason is calling for help to track down the culprits of the theft.
"I was really unsure at first as to whether to offer a reward or prize," he said.
"But then I thought this is a community business. And, we've already been targeted too many times. There's no way I'm letting them get away with this again.
"I still need to chat with the police about it but I've decided to give a whole year of free car washes to whoever has information that will land these blokes in jail."
Police investigations are ongoing.
Kingaroy Police have been contacted for comment.