Thieves hit automotive businesses

TWO Bundaberg automotive businesses were the targets of separate break-ins overnight Sunday, with cash reportedly stolen from both work sites.

Bundaberg police Sergeant Mike McLellan said G&T Auto, in Woondooma St, and Bundaberg European Automotive, in Collins St, both fell victim to thieves on Sunday night.

European Automotive owners Wayne and Kay Collins arrived at work early yesterday, and quickly learnt they had been broken in to.

"Wayne arrived at his usual time, just after 6am," Mrs Collins said.

"When he went to unlock the front door, there were obvious signs someone had tried to jemmy open the door."

Mr Collins then walked around the side of his business, only to find a side window had been smashed and was hanging open.

"They ransacked all the drawers, obviously looking for that quick bit of cash," Mrs Collins said.

"(The thieves stole) a very small amount of petty cash."

Mrs Collins said it was disheartening to have this happen to their family-run business, which would now be beefing up its security by installing bars on all windows.

"(Security bars) will be going up," she said.

"We've been in business for over 16 years and this is the first attempt that we're aware of, that someone has tried to break in.

"We just feel bad for the others who got targeted."

Anyone with information on the burglaries are urged to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000 or Bundaberg police on 4153 9111.

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