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Nanango Show Society secretary Victor Maxwell … volunteers have been cleaning up the mess left behind by the thieves

January 11, 2019

Nanango Police are investigating a break-in which occurred at the Nanango Showgrounds on Wednesday night.

Thieves targeted the Show Society Office, canteen and an ATM in the grounds.

Nanango Show Society secretary Victor Maxwell said he discovered the break-in when he came into work on Thursday morning.

“They basically trashed the office,” he told

“They uprooted bits and pieces everywhere.”

The thieves gained entry via a rear window in the kitchen area.

They broke into a small safe, stealing a fuel card and a bank card.

The card was used to withdraw $800 from the Show Society’s account before the break-in was discovered and a stop was put on the account.

Mr Maxwell said the thieves also “treated themselves” with a $30 purchase at a local store.

Also stolen was a computer belonging to the Show Society and a laptop.

“I lost my personal laptop, which was sad,” Mr Maxwell said. “I’ve lost my photos. I had brought it in to back it up.”

An illuminated “exit” sign was also ripped out of the ceiling.

After pillaging the office area, the thieves made their way down to the main showgrounds building where they attempted to break in to an ATM.

“They jemmied open a door,” Mr Maxwell said.

The ATM was surrounded by a steel cage but the thieves managed to remove the top of the machine and pulled out electronic components.

“There was no money in it anyway, and even if there had been, they would not have been able to reach it,” Mr Maxwell said.

The thieves then moved on to the canteen area where they jemmied open locks on several freezers.

“As far as we can tell, they only stole a box of frozen potato scallops,” Mr Maxwell said.

Anyone with information about the thefts should contact Nanango Police on (07) 4171-6333 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800-333-000.

The Nanango Show Society office was “uprooted” by the thieves (Photo: Nanango Show Society)

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