Tweed Daily News

Ram-raid on West Tweed bottle shop

POLICE are on the hunt for two men who rammed a red Commodore station wagon through the front door of a Tweed Heads West bottle shop early yesterday morning, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage and making off with alcohol and cigarettes.

Residents near the Bottlemart Cellars at Panorama Plaza in Scenic Drive awoke to a loud crash and the sound of breaking glass at 2.50am.

The thieves rammed the clear, roller, security door and shattered the glass behind, but managed to avoid hitting two anti-theft, steel bollards concreted into the ground out the front of the cellars.

Police were called to the scene, but the brazen bandits managed to escape with what was described as a “small amount” of alcohol and cigarettes.

The ram-raiders ditched the car at Broadwater Esplanade and set fire to it. Police and firefighters arrived to find the car well and truly ablaze.

Sergeant Rob Taylor told the Tweed Daily News late yesterday that the station wagon used from the heist was stolen.

“The Queensland-registered car was taken from Bilambil Heights,” Sgt Taylor said. About 20 minutes after we found the first car on fire another Commodore station wagon, this time a white one, was found at Mountain View Esplanade also on fire.

“We believe there is a connection, but at this stage we are still investigating.”

Police managed to get CCTV footage of the incident, however Sgt Taylor said the two men disguised their faces. One of the robbers was of medium build, between 160cm and 170cm tall, wearing white joggers, black tracksuit pants and a white T-shirt with green sleeves. The other was wearing a yellow long-sleeved jacket.

The bottle shop manager declined to comment on the raid yesterday as staff worked to clean up the mess while the bottle shop remained closed. After the clean-up was completed, and glass replaced, the bottle shop reopened about 12.30pm yesterday.

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