South Tweed Retravision store manager Andrew McAlpine outside the shop yesterday.
South Tweed Retravision store manager Andrew McAlpine outside the shop yesterday. Crystal Spencer

Thieves nab $100k in hi-fi goods

MORE than $100,000 worth of stock was stolen after professional thieves ransacked a South Tweed electrical store.

The extent of the planned break-in was uncommon for Tweed Heads, police said.

South Tweed Cummings Retravision store manager Andrew McAlpine said he arrived for work on Tuesday to find the store trashed and robbed.

“There was glass and mess everywhere,” Mr McAlpine said.

The store also lost a day’s trading in the clean-up and stocktake.

“It’s a really low act,” he said.

“Not only did they steal a lot, they also trashed what they couldn’t take.”

Tweed Byron Police Inspector Jim Kain described the robbery as quite substantial.

“It was a pretty big break-and-enter,” Insp Kain said.

“We don’t have many break-and-enters of this scale in Tweed Heads.”

Insp Kain said it looked like a well-planned job.

“The premises were secured on Monday night around 6pm, and some time during the night unknown offenders have entered the rear gates by cutting their way into the compound.

“It is believed that a small truck was used to remove the gear from the premises.

“The security devices and alarms were disabled.

“We believe they could have been on the premises for some time.”

Crime Scene investigators are continuing to examine the incident, Insp Kain said.

Cummings manager Paul Albertini said police have little evidence to catch the thieves as they removed their entire CCTV unit.

“They were very, very thorough,” Mr Albertini said.

“They were very particular in what they took; only high-end brands.”

The criminals got away with at least a hundred-thousand dollars worth of televisions, DVD players, computers, photo and video cameras and more, Mr Albertini said.

“They also smashed whatever they couldn’t take.

“That’s something you would expect a kid to do, but everything else was professional.

“They definitely did their homework.”

Mr Albertini believed the thieves were in the store for an hour or two and had a chance to “look around”.

“They obviously came prepared.

“They’re probably all interstate by now.”



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