Crime spree probe
POLICE are investigating a series of offences across Port Douglas, ranging from a break-and-enter, wilful damage, graffiti and arson with two garbage bins set alight and evidence of other arson attempts.
Late Sunday night and into the early hours of Monday, offenders, described at one scene as two Caucasian males both with a foreign accent, caused major damage in several locations.
On Sunday night offenders obtained entry into a vehicle parked on Macrossan St and spray-painted graffiti on the vehicle along with nearby property and three other vehicles.
In the early hours of Monday unknown offenders forced entry into Ecco on Macrossan St, causing a large amount of damage inside and getting away with an amount of alcohol.
Following the break- and- enter, unknown offenders set fire to two bins on Dixie St, next to Market Park, and attempted to gain entry to a number of vehicles.
The offenders were disturbed attempting to get into a campervan and fled the scene.
Port Douglas senior sergeant OIC Damian Meadows said the offences are likely to be connected and urges anyone who saw people behaving suspiciously around 12am to 4am to contact police.
‘‘Anybody who is prepared to set anything alight is clearly unaware of the potential ramifications – it was close enough to set a car on fire and these offences could have ended up being fatal. You don’t play with fire,’’ he said.
‘‘Police are investigating it and if they want to assist police with inquir- ies it will go someway to mitigating their punishment and I would implore them to cease what they are doing immediately before it gets out of hand and ends up causing serious damage and injury.
‘‘This is a first for Port Douglas, we’re not subjected to a lot of graffiti and lighting fires is stepping into a whole other realm.’’
Sergeant Meadows said they are currently conducting inquiries with certain businesses around town to obtain CCTV footage.
‘‘When the people are located they will face the full force of the law, they are looking at a range of offences including wilful damage by arson, wilful damage to vehicles,’’ he said.
‘‘The maximum penalties for wilful damage is five years, graffiti in a public place is seven years and arson is life.’’
If anyone has information please contact Port Douglas police on 4087 1999 or anonymously on crime stoppers 1800 333 000.
Crimes: A spate of offences in Port Douglas ranged from a break-and-enter to wilful damage, graffiti and arson.