Robbery in a Leura cafe

Police are investigating several break and enters in the Blue Mountains as well as thefts from motor vehicles.
Police are investigating several break and enters in the Blue Mountains as well as thefts from motor vehicles.

A Leura cafe owner had a nasty surprise last week while getting ready for the day’s trade.

On Wednesday, May 10 at about 5.30am, the cafe’s cash box was stolen from behind the counter.

Blue Mountains Local Area Command Crime Manager, Detective Chief Inspector Dietmar Almer, told the Gazette “It is believed an unknown offender has entered the shop through an unlocked door while staff were preparing for the days trade”.  Police are still investigating the issue. 

Residents at a Wentworth Falls home woke to find they had been broken into after leaving a door open overnight. Between 9pm on Monday, May 8 and 7am Tuesday, May 9, one or more thieves entered the home, stealing a small amount of cash and personal property. They also made off with the family car.  Police investigations are continuing. 

Thursday, May 11 saw residents of a Medlow Bath property the target of a break, enter and steal crime.

They returned home to find multiple personal items had been stolen, along with several rooms ransacked. Police are also looking into this crime.

In the early stages of last week a Katoomba property was also ransacked following a break and enter incident. An unknown offender gained entry through a window stealing various items, including a laptop and cash. 

And several unlucky car owners across the Mountains have returned to their vehicles throughout the week to find items ranging from mobile phones to backpacks missing. On each occasion the cars had been left for a short period with all doors closed but unlocked.   

Detective Chief Inspector Almer said due to a spike in home and vehicle thefts, he is reminding the public again to be increasingly vigilant and has provided the following advice.

How to protect your home and car against burglaries. 

Crimes of opportunity can be avoided by locking up your doors and windows and keeping valuables out of sight.

Never leave your keys in the ignition and don’t hide spare keys in the car.

Never label your keys with your address or car rego.

Consider a high quality alarm.