Bundaberg Regional Council Deputy Mayor Tony Ricciardi points to the damaged door, jemmied open during a break and enter into council premises in Lord Street, Childers, on Thursday night.
Bundaberg Regional Council Deputy Mayor Tony Ricciardi points to the damaged door, jemmied open during a break and enter into council premises in Lord Street, Childers, on Thursday night. Gary Hutchison

Crims steal council keys

POLICE are searching for suspects after a string of break and enters in Childers overnight on Thursday.

The Childers Regional Library, Rural Fire Brigade office and the council depot on Lord Street were broken into, with keys to vehicles and buildings being stolen from the depot.

A unknown amount of cash was also stolen from the library and a mobile phone from the fire house.

Bundaberg Regional Council Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said she was saddened by the offences.

“Any sort of incident like this is very disappointing,” Cr Pyefinch said.

“It really disrupts our business and inconveniences the community.”

The mayor said the thefts would see security reviewed at council facilities around the entire region.

“We can't have this sort of thing happening,” she said.

Childers Police said they received a call regarding the offences about 5.30am yesterday when workers arrived at the depot to find the damage.

When library staff arrived at work, they also found between $50 and $80 of petty cash had been stolen.

Deputy Mayor Tony Ricciardi said he was shocked people would break into a public library.

“The library lady was a bit shaken,” he said.

“They've come through the roof and kicked in an exhaust fan to get in.

“They would have had to be very small because it looks like they've gotten someone through the bars at the depot as well.”

Scenes of crime officers were called to the scene and collected evidence from the areas. Anyone with information can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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