Gympie Detective Senior Constable Andrew Lipke (centre), inspects the burnt-out stolen late-model Holden Commodore dumped at a jobsite on the corner of Mary Valley Hwy and Dobson Rd with another officer as a road worker looks on.
Gympie Detective Senior Constable Andrew Lipke (centre), inspects the burnt-out stolen late-model Holden Commodore dumped at a jobsite on the corner of Mary Valley Hwy and Dobson Rd with another officer as a road worker looks on. Renee Pilcher

Valley crime spree

A BURNT-out stolen car and matching tyre tracks left behind at two separate break and enter locations in Mary Valley connected some of the dots for Gympie detectives.

Officers from Gympie CIB were looking for clues in the blackened late model Holden Commodore, dumped at a jobsite on Mary Valley Rd near Amamoor yesterday.

Police spotted the car fire just before 2am at the entrance to a jobsite for roadworks being carried out to construct the Bruce Hwy, Mary Valley interchange.

Police said offenders set fire to the vehicle around 1am after breaking into a locked demountable office.

They took several sets of keys for vehicles parked at the site and stole two white Toyota Hilux work utes.

A broken gate and muddy tyre tracks revealed to police that offenders drove through locked gates and headed south on Mary Valley Rd.

The stolen and damaged property belongs to Abigroup, contracted by Transport and Main Roads to construct sections of the new Bruce Hwy between Cooroy and Gympie.

Once firefighters put out the fire, police cordoned off the crime scene and responded to a call about a break and enter at Kandanga.

Officers interviewed the hotel's owners at 2.20am and were told they were woken by an alarm about 1.45am.

It appeared offenders tried to remove the ATM from inside the building, but had no success.

No money or items were reported stolen, but fresh tyre marks on hotel property matched the tread marks at the jobsite and investigating officers believed the hoteliers had been victims of a break and enter with intent to steal.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to phone the Gympie police on 5480 1111.

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