GOODS POCKETED: A Gatton shop has lost a large quantity of stock after thieves broke in, nabbing everything from earphones to mobile phones.
GOODS POCKETED: A Gatton shop has lost a large quantity of stock after thieves broke in, nabbing everything from earphones to mobile phones.

TARGETED TWICE: Phones, other electronics stolen from shop

BEWARE of buying second-hand electronics with a dodgy past - they may have been stolen.

A Gatton shop has lost a large quantity of stock after thieves broke in, stealing everything from earphones to mobile phones.

The School Locker at the UQ Gatton Campus, which stocks school supplies and electronics, was broken into twice in one month.

Thieves broke into the shop on New Year's Eve and it was targeted a second time just last week during the night of January 20 or morning of January 21.

Gatton Police Station Officer-in-Charge Senior Sergeant Rowland Browne said on both occasions, the offender forced the door open before entering and leaving with a number of electronic items.

On the first instance, the offender took six sets of airpods, which retail for $319 each, two audiotech headphones, two JBL headphones, a Samsung Gallaxy phone, six Optus mobiles and a small amount of money.

On the second occasion, the offender stole 12 JBL headphones, a watch, a Samsung Gallaxy phone, a water bottle and two mobile phones.

Sen-Sgt Browne said the instances were likely to be linked.

"I don't think we've ever had a break-in there and certainly not in recent years," he said.

"And it's exactly the same premises and they've basically used the same technique to get in."

He said it was possible the thieves were selling the items locally and said police had spoken to the owners about reducing the chance of a third robbery.

"We discussed with the owners crime prevention techniques and increasing security," Sen-Sgt Browne said.

If you have information, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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