LATEST: A $15 sweets raid on an East Toowoomba service station has left a sour taste in the owner's mouth and a whopping $5000 damage bill.

Damien West wants the two teenage boys arrested over the bungled robbery of his BP shop on Bridge and Mary Sts to "get a life".

Two boys, both aged 16, were arrested about 45 minutes after their alleged robbery attempt failed early yesterday morning.

Security cameras show a ute reversing into the front doors of the shop, smashing a glass panel and bending the frames.

CCTV footage captures a ram-raid at BP Mary St in Toowoomba
CCTV footage captures a ram-raid at BP Mary St in Toowoomba Contributed

The car drives out of the camera's view but returns moments later when the pair - one in a high-vis reflective jacket - runs into the store and leaps over the counter.

One of the pair in the reflective clothing is holding a hammer and attempts to break into the locked and secure cigarette cabinet and rifles around under the counter top.

Finding nothing, the boy picks up something from the counter and stops by the ice-cream freezer near the front entry and rummages around inside before running back to the car.

The other boy wearing what appears to be a white hoodie waits for the other teen at the door before both flee in the ute.

Shop owner Damien West said the pair got away with two ice-creams and a chocolate bar, which had a combined value of no more than $15.

The damage they allegedly caused, however, was expected to top $5000.

"Two ice-creams and a chocolate bar, and a whole heap of damage for us," Mr West said.

Glaziers repaired the front automatic door as the shop opened for trade as usual.

Owner of BP Bridge and Mary Sts, Damien West remained upbeat after early morning ram raid at the service station. The thieves took only ice-creams and chocolate. December 2017
Owner of BP Bridge and Mary Sts, Damien West remained upbeat after early morning ram raid at the service station. The thieves took only ice-creams and chocolate. December 2017 Bev Lacey

It's the first time it has been targeted by thieves in the 11 years Mr West has owned it, which he said was a "pretty good innings".

"Insurance will look after it, that is what we pay it for," he said.

"We are a resilient bunch of people here, we cleaned it up and are trading again."

Police arrested two boys about 3.45am yesterday.

One of the alleged offenders was charged with multiple offences including burglary, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, wilful damage, enter dwelling with intent, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, driving unlicensed and enter premises with intent.

The other alleged offender is also facing charges including enter premises with intent, possess a knife in public, and unlawful possession of suspected stolen property.

FRIDAY 2:45PM: TWO teenagers have been charged over a brazen ram-raid robbery of an East Toowoomba service station this morning.

Two boys, both aged 16, are facing multiple charges over the incident including break and enter, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, and burglary.

The audacious theft was caught on the BP service station's CCTV network which showed the two teens in a car which was reversed into the business's front doors.

The pair - one of who was wearing a high-vis reflective jacket - return and run through the shattered door, jump over the counter and try to break into the locked cigarettes cabinet.

One is seen wielding a hammer and when the attempt to steal smokes proves futile, the other rifles under the counter before running from the store.

His accomplice pauses on the way out and takes two ice-creams from the freezer near the door before fleeing in the ute.

The pair was arrested and taken into custody about 3.45am.

EARLIER: Police are investigating a ram-raid break-in of an East Toowoomba service station early this morning.

Initial investigations suggest a car with a number of people inside drove to the BP service station at the corner of Bridge and Mary Sts about 3am.

The car was reversed into the doors causing damage and triggering the alarm at which point the offenders fled.

They returned a short time later and entered the store and "stole some product".

The offenders then fled the scene in the same vehicle.

Ram raid early Friday, BP Bridge and Marys Streets
Ram raid early Friday, BP Bridge and Marys Streets Photo contributed

BP owner Damien West was woken in the early hours of the morning by a phone call from the security company and headed to the service station about 3.30am.

He said he wanted those responsible to "get a life."

"They drove a ute into the door, busted it up, it was a fair mess," he said.

"They took two ice creams and a chocolate bar and left a whole heap of damage for us.

"Insurance will look after it, that is what we will hope for. It'll be fixed today and life goes on.

"We are a resilient bunch of people here, we cleaned it up and are trading again."

The service station is trading as usual.

Investigations are continuing.



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