Bottleshop ram-raided

Stock Exchange Hotel staff member Aaron McCluskey inspects the damage.
Stock Exchange Hotel staff member Aaron McCluskey inspects the damage.

STOCK Exchange Hotel licensee Barry Nielsen and his wife Jenny are fed up with thieves after they stole thousands of dollars worth of alcohol during a ram-raid.

Mr Nielsen said it took a car-load of thieves just three minutes to ram through a side roller door at their Anzac Av bottleshop and to steal cartons of spirits and even a Guide Dog donation box which was chained to a counter.

Offenders used a stolen white Holden Commodore in the ram-raid which happened at 1am.

"My wife is really upset," Mr Nielsen said.

"It is disappointing when you work hard towards retirement, support local people, hire local staff and people do things like this."

Mr Nielsen said the hotel had heavily invested in CCTV security and caught the brazen robbery on camera.

"We went back through our footage and we had served them (the thieves) earlier in the night.

"They went through the drive-through, walked around the shop and bought some alcohol about 7pm (Thursday).

"So we've got their faces and everything - all on CCTV plain as day."

Mr Nielsen said the incident was an inconvenience with extra staff needed to clean up on Friday.

A large amount of alcohol bottles were smashed and their contents spilled on the floor during the robbery.

"There were probably more bottles smashed than there were stolen. We are doing a stocktake today," Mr Nielsen said.

Mr Nielsen said there was no damage to the cash registers as staff left the till drawers empty and open for robbers to see.

No cash is kept on premises and the hotel will be increasing security as a result of the ram-raid, including night patrols.

Three employees were in a different section of the hotel locking up when the ram-raid happened.

Toowoomba police Criminal Investigation Branch is investigating and anyone with information is urged to phone 4631 6400.

The car was stolen from Drayton on Thursday night.

Topics:  bottleshop police toowoomba

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