Crime spree hits Airlie

AN EPIC four-day crime spree targeted Airlie Beach businesses last week when at least two places were broken into, two cars were stolen and a number of phones and cash were taken.

Police were first alerted last Tuesday at about 2pm when a man was reported in the kitchen area of the Waterline on Shingley restaurant at Shingley Beach.

It is believed the same man was then disturbed while stealing goods from a unit at the Shingley Beach Resort where he allegedly stole a Holden Colorado ute and other items.

The ute was found, undamaged, three days later at the Whitsunday Shopping Centre.

A break-in at a holiday unit at Waters Edge Resort was also reported where two mobile phones, alcohol and car keys were taken while the occupants were asleep.

A Hyundai Getz hire car was stolen from the resort car park and was found in Cairns on Saturday.

Senior Sergeant Steve O'Connell said on top of these events, a number of reports of stealing and attempted stealing was reported between Tuesday and Friday in Cannonvale and Airlie Beach.

He said a person of the same description would allegedly go behind the counters when staff were busy in an attempt to steal cash.

It was Shingley Beach resort manager Steve Chettleburgh's ute that was stolen along with almost 200 keys and all of his personal documents including passport and licence.

Mr Chettleburgh spoke to the Whitsunday Times just days after the incident and said he was shaken and unnerved by the event.

“The way he cased the place was unbelievable,” he said.

Police are still looking for the man allegedly involved in the crime spree. Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers on 1300 333 000 or the Whitsunday Police station.

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