Busted: A large plate-glass window was shattered at the BP Services Station at Tweed Heads South.
Busted: A large plate-glass window was shattered at the BP Services Station at Tweed Heads South. Crystal Spencer

Thief flees with ciggies

A THIEF who tried to break into an open South Tweed service station caused considerable damage and got away with just a packet of cigarettes.

About 8.50 on Monday night a man, armed with a 2-3m street sign pole, approached the BP Service Station on Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Police Inspector Bill Darnell said.

“He started belting it on the door, believing it to be closed,” Insp Darnell said.

Upon realising it was open, Insp Darnell said, he put the pole down, went inside and demanded a packet of cigarettes.

“As the man went to leave, the counter operator closed the door, locking him inside,” he said.

“The man got a fire extinguisher and set it off inside the store.

“He then used it to break out, shattering the glass.”

Insp Darnell said the man got away with one packet of cigarettes.

“That's all he took at the end of the day,” he said.

“He's caused a lot of angst to the counter operator and considerable damage to property.”

“The man is described as male of Aboriginal appearance, medium to solid build, with short black hair,” Insp Darnell said.

“He was wearing a black short-sleeved t-shirt, grey-coloured long pants and white shoes.”

Police are appealing for anyone who may have information regarding the incident to call Tweed police (07) 5536 0999 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.



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