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Crime spree triggers a hunt for gang of four

CCTV footage of attempted robbers in Fernvale.
CCTV footage of attempted robbers in Fernvale. Contributed
CCTV footage of attempted robbers in Fernvale. Photo: Contributed
CCTV footage of attempted robbers in Fernvale. Photo: Contributed Contributed

POLICE are searching for a gang of thieves who are suspected of using a stolen car in a series of crimes across Ipswich and Brisbane.

In the latest of the raids linked to the group, a Fernvale bottle shop and supermarket were damaged in an attempted break and enter.

Ipswich criminal investigation branch Detective Senior Sergeant Gary Dixon said four men tried to smash their way into the Liquor Legends bottle shop about 10.20pm Sunday.

"They have taken items from the boot of the car and used them to try to smash the front glass doors but did not gain entry," Snr Sgt Dixon said.

"Then they moved around the side and tried to break a window but again failed to gain entry."

The men then tried, unsuccessfully, to break into the Woolworths supermarket adjacent to the bottle shop.

Security footage taken from the scene clearly shows the men using a large rock and a brick in the attempt.

Ipswich detectives believe the vehicle involved was stolen from Annerley on the night of December 27 and used in a break-in and theft at several shops at South Station Rd, Raceview, on December 28.

The 2011 model white Holden Commodore has also been linked to break and enter offences at Bardon, Red Hill, Kingston and Coopers Plains, as well as a pursuit at Geebung and a petrol drive-off in the Oxley area.

The vehicle was eventually abandoned at Bray Park, on Brisbane's north side.

Police are calling on members of the public who may have seen the vehicle or possible suspects.

The thieves have been described as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in appearance, aged in their late teens or early 20s.

One of them was wearing a black hooded jumper with white stripes across the head, arms and shoulders, with black pants.

The same clothing was worn to at least two of the offences caught on camera.

Anyone with information that could assist police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Topics:  attempted break and enter, fernvale, holden commodore, vehicle theft


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