TOOWOOMBA couple Karl and Janya Stack were touched when their six-year-old son emptied his piggy bank to give them $3 after the family's shop was robbed.
Their business, Karl's Top Shop, was one of two convenience stores targeted by thieves who grabbed cash registers on Tuesday afternoon. The family lives in a residence attached to the store at the corner of Gowrie and Norwood Sts and they were in their lounge room, which has a view of the shop, when a man entered at 3.45pm.
He quickly snatched the cash register, containing $300, from the counter and fled in a stolen silver 2008 Toyota Camry which was waiting outside. The driver may have been a woman.
The same offenders also stole a cash register containing a large sum of cash from the Stephen Street Store at 6.50pm.
Mr Stack, his wife and sons Carlos, 14, and Kali, 6, moved to Toowoomba from Thailand.
Mr Stack said they were shocked and upset by the crime which robbed them of their day's takings.
"We're all pretty shell-shocked," he said. "About five minutes after it happened, Kali came out with his little piggy bank, cracked it open and said 'here you go mum, here's some money'.
"All it had was $3 in it but it made his mum really proud.
"We've also got some beautiful loyal clients here who have offered us money to replace what we lost."
The family ran after the thief and recorded the car's registration number as it sped away.
Mr Stack thanked police for their quick four-minute response.
Stephen Street Store owner Debbie, who did not want her surname printed, said one of the offenders had also been in her store about 4pm.
"He came in and my son served him. He got a bit of takeaway food and gave my son a 50 cent tip.
"Then they came back at 6.50pm and stole the till. I still feel numb."
The car, registration number 295 LAJ, was stolen from the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.