Debit card stolen from car in Beaudesert used in shopping spree

SPLURGE: The debit card was stolen from a parked vehicle and used to make purchases around town.
SPLURGE: The debit card was stolen from a parked vehicle and used to make purchases around town.

A THIEF has taken a debit card from a vehicle and has had a shopping spree at Beaudesert, purchasing items at various stores in town in one day.

Police said the offender reached into a partially opened window of a vehicle parked at an address in Beaudesert, grabbed the wallet and removed the card before placing the wallet back into the car some time between May 9 and 10.

The card was used on May 10 to buy items at McDonalds, Woolworths, Greener Grocer, Coles and the Caltex at Oakland Way.

Police have received CCTV footage from the businesses and investigations were continuing.

The offence follows Queensland Police Service releasing a series of ‘Don’t Drop The Ball’ videos about how to stop the temptation for thieves to break into your vehicle and how to secure tools and property to help reduce motor vehicle offences in the community.

South Brisbane District Crime Prevention Coordinator Acting Senior Sergeant Chris Hebblethwaite wants everyone to get into the habit of removing property before leaving their car unattended.

“Property left visible inside vehicles can act as a magnet for attracting opportunistic thieves so we recommend property be removed from the vehicle or if unable to, be placed out of sight in the boot, glove box or under seats,” he said.

“We also recommend essential items such as phones, keys and wallets/handbags, never be left in vehicles as they are commonly items stolen and can cause the most inconvenience for victims to replace.”