A ROCHESTER business has been burgled for the third time this year.
And between the attacks and slow business owner Terri Bryant said she was considering pulling out of town.
Thieves broke into Treasure House Jewellers in Gillies St just before 4am yesterday and Ms Bryant said she was alerted to multiple alarms triggered for her Rochester store at 3.50am.
‘‘Multiple alarms indicate there is someone in the store so I called both Rochester and Echuca Police and got no answer, then I called 000.’’
‘‘But 000 told me they could not send police unless I was on site but I was in Echuca; so I got in the car and also called the security company — it’s frustrating because they might have caught them in the act.
‘‘The front window was smashed (pictured) and they stole some watches and tried to steal a large heavy stand of watches but couldn’t fit it through the hole they made in the door.
Terri said the robbers were disturbed by a passing delivery van and its driver, who saw them.
‘‘I’m considering closing up shop in Rochester,’’ she said. ‘‘Between the burglary and slow business — I need to see some community support to remain open. If people want us there they need to tell us and come into the store and shop locally.’’
The Rochester burglary followed one in Echuca 25 minutes earlier.
Senior Constable Josh Coombs of Campaspe Criminal Investigation Unit said he believed it was the same people. Police patrolling Echuca interrupted the first burglary at an Ogilvie Ave business at 3.30am.
“Police attempted to pull them over but they fled in a White Holden Commodore with stolen number plates,” he said.
The car was found burnt out in Murphy St in Bendigo about 7am yesterday.
Snr Constable Coombs said police were looking for two offenders.
“It appears they are not the same people as the most recent burglaries across Echuca,” he said.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen a white Holden Commodore on the Northern Hwy between 3am and 4am yesterday to call them on 5483 1500 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
■In a separate incident thieves broke into the Elmore IGA at 5.50am yesterday and stole bread after using wirecutters to get through a chain-link fence. They were caught on CCTV, which has been given to police.