Police mopping up after brazen teen crime spree
A crime spree across Mossman and Port Douglas by a group of youths aged 14-17 has kept local police flat out dealing with it.
Dozens of charges relating to break-ins and property theft in the past fortnight has resulted in a tidal wave of matters heading to court in coming weeks.
As police clean up the mess, they have been in touch formally with Douglas Shire Council to discuss ways to prevent criminal behaviour by adolescents in the shire.
The brazenness of the latest crime spree is astonishing.
A vehicle stolen from Port Douglas last week was recovered by police from a cane field and impounded in Mossman. Two days later associates in the same group of thieves used bolt cutters to get into the pound and steal the vehicle once more with car keys that had not been recovered.
On Monday two 14-yearold boys from Edmonton and Cooya Beach and two others aged 15 and 16 from Mossman were charged over property offences, including the theft of the four-wheel drive from the police pound.
They were charged with a total of 34 offences including multiple counts of breaking and entering premises, stealing, unlawful use of motor vehicles, receiving and possession of stolen property and other offences.
The arrests come on the back of those of two 14-yearold boys, from Edge Hill and Mareeba, and an Edmonton man aged 17 who were charged over the weekend in relation to several of the same matters, including a break in to the Junction Café in Mossman.
“They are all part of pretty much the same group of youths,” said the head of Mossman CIB, Trevor Perham.
“Up to a dozen of them have been involved in a spree in the past two weeks.
“They’ve stolen a number of vehicles and used them to drive around the shire and commit break and enters in Port Douglas and Mossman, but not all at the same time – we have numerous offences committed by different members of that same group, who have different degrees of involvements in those offences.
“It’s a protracted and convoluted story.”
Police have had to create a spreadsheet that plots individuals’ involvement in this comprehensive crime wave.
It will take time to write it all up and complete the charges. More people are expected to be charged. Two youths have been processed in Cairns and are back out on bail.
On the agenda with coming talks with council is the acquisition of a network of closed circuit TV cameras.
It was a CCTV camera that filmed the break in to Mossman police pound.
Vehicle stolen from Port Douglas, recovered in a cane field, impounded by police — and then stolen again