A group of hungry thieves have stolen enough meat for a feast in an early morning raid on a butcher shop.
The Tatura Family Butchers shop on Hogan St was targeted as the group scoured the premises for high-quality meats on Friday morning.
After an extended search through the butcher shop, the group walked out with scotch fillet steaks, porterhouse steaks and other meats.
They also took a laptop and a small amount of cash.
Business owner-operator Brady Bourke estimated the stolen meat to be worth about $2000.
He said he arrived at the premises about 6.30am on Friday and discovered the damage and theft.
‘‘We arrived to find the broken back door,’’ he said.
Senior Constable Peter Aitken said it was one of the stranger crimes he had seen at his time in Tatura.
‘‘To break in and steal meat after hours, we can’t comment on if that was an afterthought or the original intention,’’ Const Aitken said.
‘‘When the opportunity is there, people will steal whatever is of use to them.’’
He believed it was the only premises broken into at Tatura on the night, making it a targeted crime.
He said the thieves appeared to have entered the Hogan St shop through a back door.
CCTV inside the shop captured the crime and Const Aitken said police were analysing the footage.
Footage from the crime has spread far online after Mr Bourke shared it on his Facebook page.
‘‘I hope someone knows who this is as it would be great to get the laptop back,’’ he wrote.
The video has already been shared more than 500 times and viewed more than 30000 times.
Mr Bourke said the business would continue to operate during its usual business hours and would continue to work with the police.
‘‘If anyone has any information or saw anything they should contact the Tatura police on 58243099,’’ he said.
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