THIEVES have tried to saw their way into an Echuca tobacconist from the hair salon next door in an elaborate burglary.
Police believe three offenders with a large number of power tools broke into deTrazani Hair in Safeway Plaza about 1.30am Saturday where they taped up sheets across the windows to avoid being seen.
‘‘They have used a concrete saw to cut a hole in the wall while trying to gain entry to the adjacent tobacconist,’’ Detective Senior Sergeant Brendon Murphy of Echuca Criminal Investigation Unit said.
‘‘During the process of cutting, they have tripped the power, which stopped the tools.
‘‘They have then fled without stealing anything. We discovered some of the tools a short distance away in Nish St.’’
Det. Sgt Murphy said he had not seen a burglary like this for some time.
‘‘They even went to the extent of taping up the smoke detector because of the smoke that would be caused by the tools,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s certainly an unusual burglary in that a) they were armed with the extent of tools and b) they were prepared to spend a considerable amount of time in the premises.’’
Det. Snr Sgt Murphy said the thieves were most likely after cigarettes and created a significant amount of damage to the hair salon.
‘‘They spent some time in casing the premises and a lot of time in there, but they butchered their job,’’ he said.
‘‘They have also caused a large amount of powdered dust throughout the shop.’’
deTrazani manager Rani Zealley said the botched burglary had left her with a huge mess and damage bill and she had lost business because of it.
‘‘We had to turn people away as we couldn’t use all the seats,’’ she said. ‘‘We also had a wedding and could only do two clients at a time.’’
She had no idea how much the damage bill would cost, but it would include repairing the wall, electrical outlets and locks.
‘‘It causes more hassle than it’s worth,’’ she said.
This is the second time this year the salon has been broken into.
Police are now appealing to the public for help to catch the offenders.
Det. Snr Sgt Murphy said police were viewing CCTV from surroundings shops.
‘‘We’re asking for help from other shops who may have CCTV to contact us,’’ he said.
Anyone with information can contact Echuca police on 54831500 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.