Girls in Pink Gift Shop owner Annie Leschke and volunteer Pat de Voss are determined Wednesday's robbery will not stop them from trading in the CBD.
Girls in Pink Gift Shop owner Annie Leschke and volunteer Pat de Voss are determined Wednesday's robbery will not stop them from trading in the CBD. Tara Miko

Thieves hit Toowoomba charity shop, CBD businesses

A CHARITY shop and spiritual healing store targeted by thieves in the past week have vowed to keep trading despite the brazen thefts.

Girls in Pink Gift Shop owner Annie Leschke had left an elderly volunteer in charge when two women entered her store shortly after 9am Wednesday.

The women demanded money and made off with in excess of $700 from the fundraising shop.

Despite what she described as an opportunistic crime, Mrs Leschke said the shop would remain open and she hoped the incident wouldn't deter customers.

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"We're still going to soldier on and we just hope they're caught," she said.

The incident came exactly a week after another store in the same area was targeted.

Radiant Lights owner David Bowtell said items to the value of "a couple of hundred of dollars" were taken from his shop last week.

"Basically the incidents have put everyone on high alert," he said.

"But we don't want our customers to stop coming to us just because of this."

Detective Acting Inspector Paul McCusker said it was important business proprietors were always vigilant in securing stock and money.

"Businesses should always be vigilant with respect to securing cash," he said.

"Just because money is in the till doesn't mean it is not open to theft."



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