An overnight crime spree that included a roadhouse ram raid in Tasmania’s northern midlands has netted thieves petrol and cigarettes.
Police said at one stage a stolen ute rammed the front of the Epping Forest Roadhouse north of Campbell Town, after having been involved in stealing petrol at one location and then cigarettes at another.
Roadhouse part-owner Ann Slaninka said her business was badly damaged.
“Very messy where they rammed a window and pushed everything out, and came in and helped themselves. Didn’t get much though, not a lot, just a lot of damage,” she said.
“It (the damage) is right in the front of the shop; it’s probably an opening of 12 foot by 10 foot, they’ve just rammed the whole window and knocked it out, there’s probably a few thousand dollars worth of damage.
“We’re still trading food-wise, but we can’t trade fuel yet because it’s actually taken power out to the fuel pumps.”
The entire spree lasted more than three hours.
Police said a stolen white Ford Courier ute, registration number DP 5036, was used to steal petrol from the Invermay Service Station at about 8pm on Saturday night.
Three hours later police said the same vehicle and a silver Ford Festiva were seen leaving the Longford Convenience store, after offenders broke in and stole cigarettes.
About half an hour later police said the white ute was used to ram the front of the Epping Forrest Road House.
Police said CCTV footage showed a number of people entering the building and stealing items.
The badly damaged vehicle was then driven away.
Police want to hear from anyone with information about the incidents.