THE owner of Proserpine Caltex estimated an alleged “ram raid” early this morning had caused about $20,000 of damage and stock loss to the business.

A spokesman from Queensland Police Media said two stolen vehicles parked at the Caltex on Main St in Proserpine about 3:50am this morning.

An individual allegedly exited the car and attempted to break through the doors of the Caltex with a hammer.

After failing to break through the doors, police say they returned to their car and rammed into the doors, smashing them open.

The spokesman said they then entered the Caltex and went behind the counter area to look for cash before the security alarm sounded and they left the scene.

Owner of the Caltex in Proserpine Ron Jamieson said he was frustrated to have woken up to the news, especially as the country continues to battle with coronavirus.

“They decided to ram raid the place at around quarter to four this morning,” he said.

“They got in but they didn’t take anything, they just damaged goods and everything else.”

Mr Jamieson estimated the incident caused $20,000 worth of damage.

Proserpine Police said the car used in the incident was a Mazda CX3, which as stolen from Airlie View in Airlie Beach at 2.10am.

The Mazda has since been recovered after being dumped by the offenders in Calen

Authorities are reviewing CCTV footage and investigations are ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Extracted from Daily Mercury