Cooran property targeted by thieves

PEOPLE living and travelling in rural areas have been asked to stay on the lookout for anything suspicious after a Cooran property was targeted for tools.

A house and shed were broken into at the weekend, discovered on Monday when the property owner returned to find the place had been ransacked.

Police said the offender(s) smashed a window to get into a large shed and steal a number of tools. A large safe was moved but not taken, believed to have been too heavy to load on to a vehicle.

Preliminary investigations suggest the thief's next move was to take a crowbar and hammer to break into the main house. The front sliding door was smashed and all drawers and cupboards were left open.

Curiously, the only things stolen were a couple of fleece blankets and a painting while a television set and three cartons of beer were left behind.

Investigating officers spoke to neighbours at four nearby properties and no one mentioned seeing anything particularly suspicious.

The residents living directly opposite said they saw a car, possibly a Commodore, drive up on the vacant property adjoining theirs.

They told police they knew the property was vacant and thought it was unusual for a car to go up that driveway.

Police said the house could be clearly seen from the Bruce Hwy, which runs past. There is a large amount of construction traffic going up and down Coles Creek Rd for the construction of the highway and many houses in the area are owned by Transport and Main Roads.

The owner told police he returned home after a weekend away and noticed a couple of tyre tracks going up the section of his driveway where he would not normally drive.

Officer in charge of Gympie Police District, Senior Sergeant Graeme Reeves has asked the public to report any information they may have that could help investigations and ultimately lead to an arrest.

He said the district's excellent crime clearance rating was largely due to information received from the public, and urged people with suspicions to report them in any number of ways; straight to the station on 5480 1111, anonymously to Crime Stoppers online or by phoning 1800 333 000, or the new Policelink number, 131 444.

"If you notice a suspicious-looking vehicle, note down the colour, make and registration and pass it on to police as soon as possible," he asked.