Reels lure thieves

COFFS HARBOUR police are hot on the trail of two bandits who smashed their way into Fishing Tackle Australia and stole $25,000 of reels early yesterday.

The pair were captured on the store's recently installed $50,000 closed circuit television (CCTV) security system which should go a long way to helping investigators track them down.

Store manager Laurie Banks said it appeared the pair drove their car down the side of the nearby Bailey Centre to gain access to Fishing Tackle Australia.

He said the robbers kicked in a front glass door panel at the store and once inside, they rushed to a glass display cabinet housing the reels.

"They kicked in a panel on the cabinet and knew exactly what they were after," Mr Banks said.

"They were very selective as to what they grabbed."

It is believed they took about 50 fishing reels and carried them away in two plastic tubs, leaving other reels behind in their haste.

Not only were their actions caught on camera, but the pair also triggered a security alarm which mobilised a local security firm into action.

"The security system we've got in place will hopefully lead to their arrest. It also helps us with our insurance," Mr Banks said.

"The cameras have helped us on a couple of other occasions as well."

The offenders are both des-cribed as having solid builds and were wearing shirts over their heads and gloves.

Anyone who may have seen the pair, or who can provide other information, is urged to contact Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299.

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