Woman steals $10,000 in heist

A BUNDABERG hotel has its surveillance system to thank after an 18-year-old woman was captured allegedly breaking into the premises and stealing $10,000.

The woman, who is believed to be an ex-employee, allegedly broke into the Queenslander Hotel on Targo St about 5pm on Tuesday.

Staff noticed the cash had been pinched and reviewed the imagery taken by in-house surveillance cameras.

As a result, Bundaberg detectives searched two homes in Avoca and Avenell Heights in relation to the incident.

A 20-year-old man, believed to be an accessory to the crime, was found at an Elliott Heads Rd address. When officers conducted a search of his home, it was discovered the man was wanted for outstanding criminal offences.

After moving to the second address on Fontana Crt, Avoca, the 18-year-old suspect was found.

Police said the woman admitted to stealing the cash and having made attempts to conceal the crime by burning items stolen from the hotel, including the bag used to carry the money in.

She was charged with entering a premises to commit an indictable offence and will appear in Bundaberg Magistrates Court on June 20.

The 20-year-old man was charged with possession of tainted property and will also appear in court on June 20.

The number of instances where previous or current employees have stolen from their employees is quite common, according to a Bundaberg security firm.

Dale Thomas, owner of Security Enterprises on Electra St, said he received calls every week from businesses that had been caught out by similar cases of theft.

“In fact, it’s quite surprising – the most trusted people in the establishment were the offenders,” he said.

Mr Thomas said of the wide range of security systems on offer, business owners could not look past having video surveillance installed.

“You need cameras in high-risk areas like a safe room, over cash registers or wherever there’s money,” he said.



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