CCTV footage captures the moment when thieves made their lightning raid on the Goonellabah Target store after using a stolen car to break through the front doors.
CCTV footage captures the moment when thieves made their lightning raid on the Goonellabah Target store after using a stolen car to break through the front doors. Submitted

Thieves ram-raid Target store

THIEVES got away with home entertainment and electrical goods during a daring early morning ram-raid robbery on a Goonellabah shopping centre on Saturday.

A VN Holden Commodore sedan crashed through the front doors of the Target Country store at the Oliver Street shopping centre at 5.15am.

Acting Inspector Mat Johnson of the Richmond Local Area Command said the crime was ‘dangerous and extreme’.

“It is unusual for this area,” he said.

Insp Johnson estimated the value of the stolen goods was less than $5000.

Closed circuit television footage showed the occupants of the car, two men and a woman, ransacking the store.

All three left the store in the car which was later found burned out in a nearby street.

Insp Johnson said more and more business were protecting their premises from ram-raid robberies by installing bollards.

Bollards are stainless steel posts which are inserted into the flooring at the front of buildings and block access by motor vehicles.

Police said the first man appeared to be in his early twenties and was of white European appearance. He was wearing a black and white hooded jumper and black tracksuit pants with white stripes down the side. He had white socks on his hands and an item of white clothing covering his face.

The second man is described as being in his early twenties and of Aboriginal appearance. He was shirtless and was wearing dark, long pants with stripes down both sides and white joggers.

The man’s hands were covered with white bandages or socks and he had black clothing wrapped around his head.

The woman was described as being in her early twenties and of Aboriginal appearance. She was wearing dark-coloured pants and a dark coloured jumper with white writing on the front. Her hands were covered in light-coloured gloves or socks.

Anyone who has any information regarding the ram-raid or who recognises the people in the images are urged to contact Lismore Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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