Kicking his way to freedom

GYMPIE may have experienced one of Australia's loudest and least perfect crimes late yesterday morning.

Police said a would-be shoplifter appeared to have been caught in the act by an attendant in the Unearthed Streetwear shop in Mary St just after 11am.

The female attendant calmly shut the store, locked its front door and began to call the police, one officer said.

Witnesses said the male offender appeared to panic, kicking out the front door and sending a large sheet of fractured glass out on to the footpath.

He then ran off, leaving a female companion in the shop while he made his escape.

The sudden sound of smashing glass and yelling stopped pedestrian traffic for more than 50m in either direction and drew crowds of onlookers from nearby businesses on both sides of Mary St.

Police said the incident was reported to them about 11.34am.

An immediate search of nearby streets was unsuccessful, but police were interviewing and had since arrested the female who was apparently involved in the incident.

A police spokesman yesterday said police were aware of the man's identity and were on the lookout for him.

He said it was possible the man would take flight or seek to hide from them because of a long string of previous convictions.

Gympie Times


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