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Businesses count cost after alleged crime spree

BUSINESS owners at a suburban shopping centre woke yesterday morning to learn their shops had been targeted in an alleged crime spree.

Malorey Ashligh Doyle, 20, appeared briefly on Tuesday in Ipswich Magistrates Court after being charged with six counts of wilful damage.

It is alleged she smashed more than 20 windows during the early hours of February 9 at the small shopping complex on Mitchell St, Riverview.

Six businesses were targeted in the rampage including a post office, day care, thrift shop, supermarket and a laundry.

Riverview Laundry caretaker Jenny Greig said it was fortunate no one was hurt in the incident.

She said the business, which has only been opened for five months, had previously been targeted.

"We found three dirty big boulders . . . she has obviously had a lot of strength because one boulder ended up at the back of the laundry," she said.

"Glass was splattered everywhere right up to the dryers.

"You can see how thick this glass is and it is very dangerous.

"If some little kid had come past in the morning they would have be cut to pieces."

"I came in at the weekend and someone had put the fire hydrant hose through the laundromat so that was a big cleanup.

"Other than that we have never had too much trouble."

CRIME SPREE: Riverview Laundry caretaker Jenny Greig inspects the damage yesterday at her business.
CRIME SPREE: Riverview Laundry caretaker Jenny Greig inspects the damage yesterday at her business. DAVID NIELSEN

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