Police are have issued a serious health warning to thieves who stole an asbestos vacuum cleaner from a Gympie home last month.
The residence on Ashford Road was broken into on September 30 and a set of car keys were taken from inside.
The unknown people then unlocked a business van parked next to the house and removed a professional asbestos vacuum cleaner which still contained some asbestos.
Three magnetic asbestos removal business signs were also stolen from the sides of the vehicle.
Police have issued an urgent warning that should the vacuum cleaner be opened, whether by the thieves or an unsuspecting finder, it will contaminate the area and pose serious health risks.
If the vacuum cleaner is located, DO NOT OPEN and please report immediately to Gympie Police Station on 5480 1111. The stolen vacuum is similar to the one pictured below except has a yellow sticker instead of blue.
Police have also warned the public that the thieves maybe looking at promoting themselves as (fake) asbestos removal specialists.
If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.
You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.