A MCCRAE panel beater’s workshop was broken into early Tuesday morning and a customer’s car stolen.
The 2012 Kia Cerato was lowered from a hoist by the thief and reversed through the roller door at about 4am, causing extensive damage to the workshop.
The car was then used in a ram-raid at the Chemist Warehouse, Mornington-Tyabb Rd, Mornington.
Detective Sergeant John Coburn, of Mornington Peninsula CIU, said a man was seen stealing four shopping baskets containing fragrances and perfumes ranging upwards in price from $60.
He said the man was only in the store three or four minutes but managed to steal up to $2000 in stock.
The damaged car was later found hidden behind trees on the beach car park at Cannons Creek.