Thieves ransack Colac business

Thieves smashed into Colac Sportspower on Friday morning and stole at least $17,000 of clothing. Store owner Helen Baulch spent Friday determining what had gone missing.

Thieves have ransacked $17,000 worth of clothing from a popular Colac sports store, complicating the operation of the business into the new year.

Sportpower Colac owner Helen Baulch said the store’s team was still stock taking exactly what had gone missing, but had reached $17,000 on Friday afternoon when the Colac Herald went to print.

“We have to do a stock take to work out exactly everything that’s missing; we’ve got to about $17,000 so far,” Helen said.

Colac police Detective Sergeant Adam Forehan said the theft happened about 2.30am Friday.

“At about that time we believe a grey coloured SUV, possibly a Ford Territory, has parked on the footpath outside of Sportspower and the plate-glass sliding door has been smashed by unknown means,” he said.

“We believe that two males wearing masks and hoodies entered the premises and effectively helped themselves to merchandise for a short period before leaving in that motorcar.

“It looks like a large quantity of clothing has been stolen and other sporting goods; a number of those clothing items will be repeat items, so the same style in various sizes.

“Anyone who may know anything about it or suspects they may know anything about it please contact Crime Stoppers or the Colac police.”

Helen said the thieves had stolen mostly Nike and Adidas clothing in men’s and women’s styles, as well as a football and sports bags.

“They just had armfuls and armfuls, they just kept running in and out,” she said.

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