A group of thieves are on the run after smashing into a Townsville service station and stealing thousands of dollars in cigarettes and electronics.

A GROUP of thieves are on the run after smashing into a Townsville service station and stealing thousands of dollars in cigarettes and electronics.

Ampol Wulguru manager Raj Alluri said it was the second time his University Rd servo had been targeted in almost two years, and hoped police tracked down those responsible.

“Crime is going off again in Townsville, I really hope police punish these people,” Mr Alluri said.

Police were initially called to the Wulguru service station about 1am when a group of people smashed through a side door and into the shop.

Mr Alluri said they broke into the cigarette cabinet with a hammer and stole smokes, electronics and other items before taking off into the night.

“I got a call about 12.40am when the alarms went off,” he said.

The side door was smashed and window was broken too.”

A Queensland Police spokeswoman said the dog squad were called in and tracked the offenders along University Rd.

However, they were not found and investigations are ongoing.

Mr Alluri said he was still tallying the full cost of the damage the group caused.

In March 2020, the service station was also the target of a violent ram raid.

A 21-year-old man reversed his car through the front glass doors before running inside and stealing cash.

He was quickly arrested by police.

So far this year, police have already recorded seven robberies in the Townsville District.

If you have any information about the break-in on Thursday morning, please contact police.

Extracted in full from: Ampol Wulguru hit by robbery almost two years after ram raid | Townsville Bulletin

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