Brazen thieves attack carers in raid at special needs home
BOLD thieves have targeted a residence used to care for people with special needs, in a violent daylight robbery which left one woman with head injuries and a safe ransacked.
The Boles St property was raided by two men about 10.30am on Monday.
A 46-year-old victim was threatened with a knife before the brazen thieves made off with what Gladstone detectives believed to be in excess of $1000 in cash.
Uniformed police officers, plain-clothed detectives and Queensland Ambulance Service officers were all called to the Boles St residence.
Gladstone Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey said the woman was approached by two unknown males who forced her into the residence and made her open the safe and remove an amount of cash.
The woman sustained injuries to her head and ankle, after one of the thieves pushed her to the ground as they raided the contents of the safe.
After grabbing the cash, the two men made their escape from the premises, to an unknown location.
Officers have questioned neighbours about the incident, in a bid to locate the thieves.
Det Snr Sgt Peachey was concerned about the nature of the crime and the possibility of a knife being wielded during the raid.
"It is alleged that one of the persons was armed with a knife and obviously police are taking this investigation very seriously," he said.
"The complainant is very shaken up. She's a 46-year-old woman who's not used to this sort of violence."
The two men were described as being about 175cm tall, one of dark skin, slim build, with short-black hair and wearing a black, collared t-shirt.
The other man was also of slim build and Caucasian in appearance.
Det Snr Sgt Peachey asked anyone who may have seen any suspicious behaviour around Boles St between 10-11am on Monday, or who has any information in regards to who the offenders might be, to contact Gladstone Police or Crimestoppers immediately.
He said while it was a random attack, it appeared the two men were aware of the safe in the house and seemed to have some knowledge of the residence.
Detectives were keeping an open mind as to the motives behind the robbery.
Anyone with information can contact Gladstone Police on 4971 3222 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.