Crime goes through the roof in Richmond
A small hole in the ceiling, a destroyed safe and a floor covered with debris greeted Jolene Grieve when she turned up to work at The Body Shop in Richmond Mall.
Daring thieves targeted the store, and the neighbouring Cuts@Once, entering through holes punched in the ceiling of the shops' rear storage and office rooms.
"They targeted the safe and took the floats for the two tills, they didn't touch the product at all," Grieve said. The thieves also look to have accidentally dropped Tuesday's takings which she found when cleaning up the mess yesterday.
"They looked through the filing cabinet, but it's not like they got away with much - it's just the mess to clean up."
However, the burglary was a blow to the tight-knit team which treat the store like their second home.
"It's not a nice thing to happen," she said.
Robin Charlett, the manager of Cuts@Once, said the store's ceiling break-in was similar.
Thieves came in through the ceiling, took money and trashed everything.
"But it could have been worse," she said.
Police spokeswoman Barbara Dunn said the offenders gained access by cutting through the roof and went into the crawl space and entered two shops.They took cash from both shops and then left.
"We believe more than one person was involved," she said.
Police are making a number of inquiries and reviewing CCTV footage from a range of locations around Richmond and the mall.
"We would be keen to hear from anyone who has information that may assist this investigation."
Police have dealt with previous incidents where entry has been gained through the roof of a building, but not at this location, she said.