Hunt for book thief
Tuesday, 30th April, 2013
By Erica Visser
Police are investigating a bizarre incident where a man allegedly stole a trolley full of pig-hunting magazines and children's cookbooks.
The theft occurred at 6am at the back of Westside Newsagency on April 17, when new stock was being unloaded off a delivery truck.
The man is said to have loaded his trolley with copies of Bacon Busters and Dora Explorer Cookbooks before taking off.
The owners were inside the newsagency at the time and did not realise the theft had occurred for 20 minutes.
Westside Newsagency owner Tony Lines said that about $4000 worth of magazines were stolen, however he managed to recover around three-quarters worth down a nearby lane.
"He took it from the side of the shop down around the back of the plaza and then left down a laneway behind Woolworths," Mr Lines said.
"I found three quarters of them down the lane, we got about $3000 worth back.
"We decided there were 35 Bacon Busters and nine Dora Cookbooks missing in the end.
"We thought it was weird, I mean, you can only read Bacon Busters once, what are you going to do with so many copies?" Mr Lines said.
Barrier LAC Crime Manager Mick Stoltenberg said that anyone who has information on the theft should contact the local station or Crimestoppers on 1800 333000.
"The stock was stolen at the Plaza and it appears as though this male may well know something about it," he said. The man is described as being thin with a shaved head and was caught on CCTV wearing jeans and a black shirt at the time of the incident.