Two stores hit in overnight jewellery heist
POLICE believe the men who broke into two jewellery stores in a major Caloundra shopping centre early this morning may have also been involved in several thefts across southeast Queensland.
The men arrived at the Stockland Caloundra Shopping Centre just after 2am and used a sledgehammer to smash through the glass doors on the Bowman Rd side of the building.
Caloundra Police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant John Mahoney said they then broke into Prouds Jewellers and Angus and Coote by jemmying open the stores' roller doors.
"They smashed several display cabinets and stole a significant quantity of jewellery from each store," Snr-Sgt Mahoney said.
The men were inside the popular shopping complex for a "significant period of time", Snr-Sgt Mahoney said.
Police believe the offenders fled the scene in a white Ford Ranger ute west along Caloundra Rd before driving south on the Bruce Highway.
Snr-Sgt Mahoney said investigators were looking at links between this morning's robberies and "numerous" other jewellery store thefts in southeast Queensland.
Both Caloundra jewellery stores were closed today as staff cleaned up the mess.
The Prouds regional manager did not wish to comment and could not confirm how long the store would be closed.
Anyone with information is urged to contact police.