Cheesecake bandits hit shop
SWEET-TOOTHED thieves with a sledgehammer have stolen $1000 worth of cheesecakes in a midnight raid on a Springfield business.
The Cheesecake Shop owner Erin Dekker said four young males arrived in a purple Holden ute and a blue Ford Falcon about 1.30am on Friday.
Disguised in an assortment of clothing, hats, gloves and socks that they'd stolen from a barber shop down the road earlier in the evening, the men smashed in the front doors of the Springfield Fair shop with a sledgehammer.
Once inside they turned the place upside down, raiding cabinets full of wedding cakes and profiteroles.
Even a jar of biscuits was swiped as the crooks looked for something valuable.
"I think they were looking for money or a safe," Ms Dekker said.
"Some of what they took were display cakes that have been sitting there for three months.
"They would have been no good to eat so hopefully they did try to eat a bit of it."
One of the dozen or so cakes that were stolen was found smashed on the road nearby. Although the stolen stock was worth about $1000, Ms Dekker estimated the total damage bill at about $1500 to $2000.
"We've only been here three months and this is the first break-in - and hopefully the last," she said.
The same thieves also ransacked the Soul Cutz barber and clothing shop on Old Logan Rd about 15 minutes before breaking into the Cheesecake Shop. Owner Kellie Tan said about $7000 in stock and a rare guitar were stolen.
It was the second time the eight-month-old business had been targeted since opening.
Ipswich district crime manager Senior Sergeant Greg Smith said police were hoping to use surveillance camera footage to identify the culprits.
Anyone with information that could assist police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.