Three teenagers have been arrested after they smashed their way into a pharmacy with a shopping trolley in one of two robberies this week
Mainstream media report that three young people – two 16-year-olds and a 14-year-old – broke into the TerryWhite Chemmart at the Coomera East Shopping Centre, smashing their way in through front glass doors using a shopping trolley.
The youths also used a hammer and retaining wall brick in their bid to get inside.
The robbery took place just before 5am on Monday morning.
News Corp reporters Alister Thomson and Alexandria Utting spoke to pharmacy owner Hetal Kansara, who said that the three “rummaged through everything, took a few sleeping tablets but that was about it”.
While other medicines had also been taken, he needed to do a full audit to be sure what was missing, he said, saying he believed the robbers had been looking for pseudoephedrine, which he does not store at the premises.
“I’ve been through this before (at a previous store) so I know exactly what they were looking for,” he said.
Police were also investigating whether the three were responsible for a break-in at a nearby bottle shop, during which several bottles of spirits were stolen.
Meanwhile, Coomera detectives have released images of another man who they believe may be able to help them with another pharmacy robbery, nearby at Oxenford.
They say that around 10pm on Thursday, a man entered the pharmacy and demanded drugs, threatening two female employees.
One of the women contacted police and the man jumped the counter, stealing packets of medication off the shelf before fleeing on foot.
Nobody was physically injured, and while police – including a police dog and handler – went to the scene, the man was not found.
“He is described as Caucasian with a solid build and was wearing a towel on his head, a peak cap, brown long sleeve top and black, red and white board shorts, white runners and green cotton gloves,” police said in a statement.