Search for man after 'dirt bag' act in Woolworths staff room

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A man has brazenly walked past Woolworths employees on his way to allegedly steal their belongings from the store’s employee locker room.

CCTV images circulating online show a man in a black hooded jacket walking into a staff-only zone inside the Woolworths Australia Fair store on the Gold Coast just before 4.30pm on Tuesday, appearing to look around as he enters.

In a post on Facebook, one man said the alleged offender managed to “dig through staff lockers and bags” and left items scattered in a toilet cubicle.

CCTV showing an unknown man entering a Woolworths staff room.
A man is seen on CCTV entering the staff-only area of the Australia Fair Woolworths store. Source: Facebook

The poster said a bank card belonging to a Woolworths employee was among the stolen items, though it was promptly cancelled by the owner.

“Man is not known to any member of staff but certainly knew what he was doing. Potentially have worked for Woolies before,” he wrote.

He added the man walked out of the store wearing a face mask, and assumed he must’ve forgotten to cover his face upon entry.

Comments on the post were filled with rage over the alleged theft.

“That's great, steal from lower paid workers! What a dirt bag,” one woman wrote.

An aisle display is seen inside the Woolworths Australia Fair store.
Police confirmed they are investigating the incident inside the Southport store (pictured). Source: Google Maps

“Unbelievable. This world's gone mad. Full of criminals,” another said.

One suggested putting code locks on staff areas to prevent walk-in crimes.

Queensland Police told Yahoo News Australia they were investigating a stealing offence at the store.

"It was reported to us that a person entered the team area and attempted to break into some lockers," a spokesperson said, alleging the man damaged several padlocks, went through some bags and removed a bank card.

Woolworths told Yahoo News they were unable to comment on the ongoing police investigation.

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