POLICE fear an expert crime group is targeting Sunshine Coast retail stores for high amounts of cash and drugs.
Six businesses were broken into at the weekend at Caloundra and Buddina, with four metal safes stolen.
The thieves targeted three adjoining businesses at Bulcock St at Caloundra early Sunday morning, manipulating an external door to one business before smashing through internal walls and gaining access to a Gloria Jeans coffee shop, a Baskin Robbins, and a Red Cross store.
Safes containing a large amount of cash and other items were stolen in the break-ins between 3am and 4am.
Adjoining businesses United Chemist, Luxury Paints and Refills Now along Point Cartwright Dr at Buddina were targeted the next morning.
The thieves used the same method to access the stores, leaving little to no trace of forced entry.
A safe weighing several-hundred kilograms and containing "dangerous" prescription drugs and other items was taken from the chemist.
Sunshine Coast Criminal Investigation Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Harbison said police believed the thieves were experienced criminals.
"They were able to manipulate a door to access a store and then break through walls into the other stores," Snr Sgt Harbison said.
"It would appear they were experienced and were able to access the stores without leaving external damage or indication of their entry."
Police ask anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.