Police continue to investigate thefts, break-ins in Australind

On the scene: Benesse Australind captured CCTV footage of two culprits entering and exiting the premises in the early hours of December 3. Photo: Supplied.
On the scene: Benesse Australind captured CCTV footage of two culprits entering and exiting the premises in the early hours of December 3. Photo: Supplied.

South-West police are set to continue their investigations into a spate of robberies in Australind last week.

Thieves struck businesses in and around the Australind Village Shopping Centre on December 3, between 1am and 3am.

The culprits caused extensive damage to a door belonging to Benesse Australind.

After entering the premises, the offenders then emptied the tills, went into the office and damaged the safe.

"The culprits were able to get into the safe and take some valuables," Benesse Australind co-owner Arielle Walker said.

Three other businesses in the area were also targeted.

"The same thing happened to us a few years ago. It happens a lot around Christmas time," she said.

"I think some people get a bit desperate. They always hit local businesses - many local businesses in Bunbury have been targeted, in the past."

Ms Walker is encouraging all business owners to maintain, improve or increase their security measures.

After posting details about the incident on social media, the cafe was inundated with support from the local community.

Anyone with information about the break-ins/thefts has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppers.com.au.

Callers can choose to remain anonymous.