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$4000 worth of stock stolen from Wyndham St pop-up shop

By Ashlea Witoslawski

A very Grinch-like act took place on Wyndham St in Shepparton last week, when a pop-up shop was robbed of almost $4000 worth of stock.

Shepparton's Kim O'Keeffe decided to rent out the vacant shop for the month of December as a way to catch-up with clients and to showcase the large range of beauty and skincare products she sells.

In the shop next Gloria Jean's Coffees, Ms O'Keeffe said she arrived at the store about 10 am on Thursday to find much of her Christmas stock, which included make-up, cosmetics and a small number of accessories, had been stolen from the back of the store.

“Police came in and had a look at the shop and said there was no signs of forced entry,” Ms O'Keeffe said.

Shepparton police said the culprit looked to have allegedly used the back door of the building to gain access, after cutting a hole in a fence at the rear of the property.

Ms O'Keeffe said she closed the shop on Saturday and did not open it again until Wednesday morning, meaning the incident could have occurred at anytime between those days.

“It probably means I won't be able to stay for the rest of the week because we put the majority of our stock in the shop for Christmas,” she said.

“It's disappointing, but worse things happen and I'm going to get on with it.

“I won't let it spoil my Christmas cheer.”

Police are investigating the incident and are looking for any information regarding the stolen goods.

● Anyone with information is asked to phone Shepparton police station on 5820 5777. Community members can also submit an anonymous report through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the website at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au/

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