Two men charged for crime spree
MOSSMAN Detectives have charged a 17-year-old Lockhart River man with 17 charges and a 45-year-old Thursday Island man with seven after a crime spree in Mossman.
Last Sunday, April 29, the pair allegedly stole a vehicle from a business in Cairns and drove to Mossman and the following day stole fuel from a Mossman service station, but put in diesel and abandoned the car once it broke down.
Mossman police spotted the men in South Mossman on Alchera Dr and when they spoke to the men, the 17-year-old ran- off into a cane field.
That night, the men broke into a house on Alchera Dr while the residents were sleeping and took the car keys and stole a vehicle from the garage.
The car was damaged and left in a ditch between Mossman and Port Douglas and the offenders found their way back and broke into several other premises in the Mossman CBD, stealing alcohol, a wallet, car keys and another vehicle.
The men were caught on CCTV at the Craiglie service station after stealing fuel for the third stolen vehicle and driving to Cairns and damaging then abandoning the vehicle.
The 45-year-old Thursday Island man was recognised by police on Tuesday and was arrested and taken to Smithfield where Mossman detectives interviewed and charged him with seven charges including three counts of unlawful use of motor vehicle, two charges of stealing, one charge of unlawful assault and one charge break into premises and steal.
The 17-year-old Lockhart River man was then arrested following a foot chase through the Cairns CBD and was taken to the Watch House and faced court yesterday charged with 17 criminal charges.
Mossman Criminal Investigation Branch detective Trevor Perham said these incidents demonstrate “we are not immune to this type of behaviour”.
“Although Mossman and Port Douglas endure relatively less crime than some other parts of Queensland, I still urge residents and visitors to be vigilant with home security and lock their premises, houses, vehicles and secure valuables,” he said.
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