Cunning thieves slashed the tyres of four police vehicles before stealing more than $50,000 worth of jewellery from a shop in Australia.
Police believed the tyres of the marked vehicles at Gatton Police Station were slashed by thieves before they broke into the shop in Gatton, west of Brisbane.
Gatton Jewellers owner Bill Beckman, who was on the scene minutes after the alarm sounded, said it was an obvious attempt to slow police down and prevent a pursuit.
Robbers kicked open the front door of his shop, setting off security alarms in the early hours of the morning. The police did not arrive for two hours.
The robbers stole a cabinet full of gold and silver charms and a large quantity of gold rings and chains.
“They cleaned us out of all our gold chains and a good half of our gold rings,” Mr Beckman said.
Denna Bowman, Head Office