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Office burglaries in Docklands

04 Feb 2016

A Docklands office building was targeted in a series of break-ins and burglaries last month.

The break-ins, at the Life.Lab building in Digital Harbour, began in the early morning of Monday, January 11, when a man gained entry to the Docklands News office by using a device to unlock the door but fled empty-handed when challenged.

The next night at least five offices in the building were targeted, with items including laptops, cameras and teeth-whitening equipment stolen.

Following the incident building management evicted a group of people staying in a short-stay apartment in the building due to an unrelated matter.

Det Sen Constable Andrew Ghidetti said there was no evidence linking the group to the burglaries.

Det Sen Constable Ghidetti said there was no camera footage, no witnesses and no evidence left at the scene.

After the short-stay group was evicted from the building on January 13, it’s undertood members of the group returned asking to gain access to the apartment to retrieve a forgotten item. Life.Lab building management denied this request.

It’s understood that later that night a number of unknown individuals gained access to the car park. The individuals broke through a door to access the stairwell and then broke into the short-stay apartment where the group had been staying.

Det Sen Constable Ghidetti said the only security footage from December 12 was of the car park and the footage did not capture anyone breaking into the building.

“I’m following up a number of leads and am hopeful of making some arrests soon,” Det Sen Constable Ghidetti said.

Life.Lab building management said the incident highlighted how important it was for tenants to share information with building managers and police if they saw suspicious behaviour.

“The important thing is to share information is you see something that you don’t think is right,” Life.Lab building management said.

“Police are better able to do their job and investigate when they have information.”

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