VICTIM: Kim McCosker had her car stolen after thieves spotted car keys on a kitchen bench, broke in and opened the garage.
VICTIM: Kim McCosker had her car stolen after thieves spotted car keys on a kitchen bench, broke in and opened the garage. Patrick Woods

Hot wheel thieves target cook book queen Kim McCosker

THREE alleged break and enter burglars tried to bolt from police when detectives sprang their weekend stealing spree.

The alleged thieves had luxury cars in their sights when they swiped vehicles from homes at Buderim, Twin Waters and Pelican Waters at the weekend.

An Audi was stolen from a Buderim home and a Mazda CX-7 SUV was taken from a Twin Waters driveway.

A BMW X5 was even stolen from a locked garage when thieves spotted the car keys inside the home and broke in, opened the garage door and drove away in the $50,000 vehicle.

The owners slept through the entire late-night robbery.

The three Sunshine Coast men also allegedly stole a host of items including iPads, computers, mobile phones and boating equipment during the weekend burglary binge.

The bronze BMW was also at the centre of a police hunt after it was allegedly clocked at 130kmh in a 70kmh zone on Maroochydore Rd on Monday.

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The spate of thefts has prompted police to issue a warning to home owners to secure their property and hide car keys away from prying eyes.

"We need to reiterate that people need to secure their vehicles and where possible park them in a garage," Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards said.

"Offenders are not hot wiring cars these days.

"They are seeing the flash cars sitting outside, seeing the car keys on the table and breaking in and stealing those cars.

"People are not maintaining their home security. We'd ask people to keep their car keys and valuables out of sight."

Officers discovered the three vehicles after a search warrant was executed at a home at Barleycorn St in Buderim.

Det Snr Sgt Edwards said the three men attempted to flee from police.

He said a large number of valuables suspected to have been stolen were found inside the home.

Police are piecing together who owns the property.

A 23-year-old Maroochydore man has been charged with burglary, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, unlawful entry of a motor vehicle, possessing a weapon, wilful damage, two counts of obstructing police and two counts of disqualified driving.

A 17-year-old Doonan man and a 19-year-old Peregian Beach man have been charged with one count each of unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

Investigations are continuing and police said more charges were expected.

Kim McCosker, author of 4 Ingredients, gave shoppers at Bli Bli IGA a Christmas cooking demonstration. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily
Kim McCosker, author of 4 Ingredients, gave shoppers at Bli Bli IGA a Christmas cooking demonstration. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily Warren Lynam

GONE IN 60 SECONDS! COOK BOOK QUEEN'S CAR STOLEN

IT was quite likely the stealthiest break-in around here in recent times.

Kim McCosker - of Four Ingredients fame - her husband and three children were fast asleep in their Pelican Waters home when burglars broke into the home and stole their car.

It was packed ready for an Easter camping trip.

Police say the thieves took the car keys from the table, jumped into the BMW X5, opened the garage and took off, before gently closing the garage door behind them.

When Mrs McCosker woke early for some exercise, she discovered her car was gone.

She was gobsmacked.

"I was shocked, couldn't believe it," Mrs McCosker said.

What was more disturbing was the thefts did not stop there.

Neighbours started to emerge from their homes with their own tales to tell.

"Police arrived within the hour and as neighbours started to wake up they discovered things were stolen too," Mrs McCosker said.

"Three cars were broken into with wallets stolen, skis and wakeboards were stolen from boats and one guy had his tools stolen out of his van.

"We had everyone congregated on the street.

"We're really using this experience as a chance to unify and up our security to ensure this doesn't happen again."

Mrs McCosker will have her car back by the end of the week, but it won't be quite the same.

She said the thieves had stubbed out cigarettes in the seats and the windscreen was cracked.

"The big takeaway point from all of this is that people need to get out of the habit of putting your valuables in one spot like on a hook or at the end of the bench," she said.

"It's also a good reminder to make sure car and contents insurance is up to date, you just don't know when you will need it."


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