Thieves strike in CBD while business owners work
IT WAS an unwelcome shock for Stellarossa Dalby owners Nev Volker and Nathan Berting when they walked out the back of their store on Sunday morning to find their car had been broken into and a wallet, Navman and keys stolen.
Both men were working at the time the car was broken into at Longs Ln, Dalby, and Mr Volker said his sister alerted them of the crime.
"My sister was walking past, just walking her dog, got home and sent a text asking if everything was alright because she'd noticed the car window was broken," Mr Volker said.
"That was at about 8.15am, so Nathan raced out to have a look at it.
"By the time he came back inside to say it was smashed, all these text messages had come through from ANZ saying where (the offenders) tried to use the cards.
Mr Berting said he felt shocked and frustrated by the incident.
"Shock was the first reaction - you don't expect this sort of thing to happen in Dalby," he said.
"Now, I feel more frustrated because of the work that this has caused, like car repairs, insurance and updating credit card details - just all of the aftermath of this," he said.
Mr Volker said he also felt "violated" by the intrusion of his personal space.
At 11am Sunday, Dalby Police executed a search warrant for a Drury St residence, where the men's stolen property and some drug utensils were found.
Senior Sergeant Terry McCullough said a man and woman had been charged with two counts of breaking and entering, as they also broke into a car parked at the Dalby Leagues Club on Saturday afternoon.
"There was CCTV footage of this couple using the credit cards from that car," Sgt McCullough said.
"From that, police executed a search warrant at the Drury St address and found the stolen property and drug utensils.
"As a result, a 35-year-old male and 35-year-old female have been charged," he said.
Both will appear in court on August 1.