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Teen arrested for jewellery heist

Security footage captures one of the five thieves staring into the camera before running upstairs and robbing two jewellery stores.
Security footage captures one of the five thieves staring into the camera before running upstairs and robbing two jewellery stores. Photo supplied

POLICE have arrested a teenager who was allegedly involved in a jewellery heist at Stockland Rockhampton shopping centre this week.

The 19-year-old was apprehended in Biloela, south of Rockhampton late on Thursday night.

He was charged as one of the five people who broke into the shopping centre's underground car park early on Monday morning and robbed two jewellery stores.

Rockhampton city Inspector Darren Somerville said police were still hunting four offenders.

He said police were able to catch the 19-year-old after information was received from the public.

But the “large amount of jewellery” that was reportedly stolen had not yet been found, Inspector Somerville said.

Police have released security footage showing five people smashing open a sliding glass door to the shopping centre before running up a travelator and entering Wallace Bishop and Amies jewellery stores.

Police hope the videos will help lead to information on the other offenders.

In the footage, the bandits are wearing dark jackets and some have their faces covered with masks.

They raided the centre about 1am and escaped before police arrived on scene.

On Monday, district duty officer Senior Sergeant Max Bennet said it appeared the crime was organised.

The arrested 19-year-old will appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on July 6 charged with three counts of entering a premises and committing an indictable offence.

Anyone with information that could help police should call the Rockhampton station on 4932 3500 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Callers can remain anonymous.


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