Thieves cash in

TARGETED: Thieves broke into Freddy Fuddpukker’s and the Amcal Pharmacy at Coolum Village shopping centre.
TARGETED: Thieves broke into Freddy Fuddpukker’s and the Amcal Pharmacy at Coolum Village shopping centre. Mike Garry

THIEVES broke into two Coolum businesses last week, escaping with what police described as "a fair bit of cash".

About 3.15am last Tuesday, the thieves forced open a side door of Freddy Fuddpukker's cafe at the Coolum Village shopping centre and crawled through the ceiling to the nearby Amcal Pharmacy.

Police said they broke into the pharmacy's safe, took the money and then left the same way they came in, somehow avoiding the shop's security cameras.

Senior Constable Mark Wilkinson said the thieves were not after drugs.

He said they went straight to the safe, which was pretty small and obviously not containing large quantities of drugs.

"It just had cash in it," he said.

"Somehow they seemed to know that.

"They were right next to drugs and they didn't touch them. They weren't interested."

Police are continuing their investigations.

Anyone with information which could help the investigation is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at 24 hours a day. Phone tip-offs to Crime Stoppers have resulted in police apprehending 22,558 people on 59,700 charges since it began in 1989.

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