Criminals are preying on unlocked cars.
Criminals are preying on unlocked cars. File

Stolen car linked to Coast ram-raid chainsaw robbery

A CAR suspected of being linked to two Coast ram-raids was stolen after its owner left the keys in the car.

Police have confirmed a ute stolen from Sippy Downs was backed into the Stihl Shop on Coronation Ave, Nambour during the early hours of Monday morning.

One of the two males involved then entered the store and stole a chainsaw.

The same morning the Mooloolah Valley Mitre 10 was also ram-raided and power tools were stolen.

Police are continuing their investigations and looking as to whether the two offences are linked.

This is just one of three vehicles that have been stolen on the Coast over the past two weeks after keys were left in unlocked cars.

A Toyota RAV4 was stolen from a Cooroy retirement village after it was left unlocked with the keys in the ignition.

Police allege the offenders came up from Brisbane in a different stolen vehicle and were apprehended in Pomona.

Yesterday a 2006 white hatchback Peugeot 307 Sedan was also reported stolen from Dickie Beach, license plate number 038 VYL - it has not yet been located.

Sunshine Coast District Criminal Investigation Branch Officer in Charge Daren Edwards warned that people who leave their keys in the car are "making it easy for the criminals".

"Start using basic security, start with locking your car and taking your keys and valuables out of the car," Det Snr Sgt Edwards said.

"If you leave your keys in a car, the car will be used in offences."

Anyone with information on these crimes is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.