Mackay police Senior Constable Steve Smith says there's been a spate of thefts at Mackay shopping centres.
Mackay police Senior Constable Steve Smith says there's been a spate of thefts at Mackay shopping centres. Renee Albrecht

Engagement ring snatched in string of shopping centre thefts

A FLEET-FOOTED thief snatched a woman's handbag containing an engagement ring in one of a string of thefts at Mackay shopping centres.

Mackay police Senior Constable Steve Smith warned "you just never know who is watching you" after a woman grabbed a 20-year-old woman's handbag from her trolley at Caneland Central on Saturday.

"(She) has sprinted directly past the female shopper, snatching her handbag from the trolley as she ran past," Sen Const Smith said.

"This person has then run to a nearby parked car (an orange Ford Ranger) which quickly drove out of the shopping centre. The stolen handbag contained two sets of nine-carat gold hoop ear-rings, a silver engagement ring and a purse.

"The fast-moving thief is described as being indigenous in appearance, roughly 155 centimetres tall, with long dark hair in a pony-tail with orange and blonde colouring towards the end, and aged in her late teens to early twenties."

Sen Const Smith said the theft happened about 4.20pm and he asked witnesses to come forward.

"Four further theft/shop-stealing offences were reported from around shopping centres in Mackay over this last weekend," he said.

"Police are asking anyone who witnessed any suspicious behaviour to keep us in the loop - let us know."

If you have any information that can help police phone Mackay Police station on 49683444, or Crime Stoppers 24 hours a day on 1800333000.



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