STRANGE SCENES IN WONGA,
POLICE are still trying to locate a man who was the subject of a dramatic search operation that included the special squad at Wonga Beach last Thursday.
Police say the man is well known to them.
He evaded police during the Wonga Beach operation.
Mossman head of CIB Trevor Perham told the Gazette that police are very keen to talk to Rangi Fyfe who they believe may be able to help with their inquiries into various matters.
Police are investigating a number of property offences and driving offences on the Tablelands and in Douglas Shire.
“Those offences include vehicle thefts, break and enter offences, and theft of fuel.
“The offences that are being committed are largely opportunistic, where vehicles are being stolen using the vehicle keys, and tools and so on are being stolen from unsecured sheds and what not.
“So I urge everybody to be security conscious and lock up their houses, their farm sheds and vehicles and secure the keys.”
There were further searches in the ensuing days but without result.
Sgt Perham said there was every possibility this person was still in Douglas Shire.
Regarding the lockdown of Wonga Beach State School on Thursday, Sgt Perham said it was purely a precaution in case the fugitive happened to be hiding near the school.
He was not regarded as a risk to the public.
“The police did a good job,” said local mum Tarryn Morana, of Wonga Beach. “The kids weren’t scared.”
Longstanding Wonga Beach residents Cathy and Trevor Ford unwittingly played host to a second young man who was involved in the incident last Thursday.
“A young man was seen out the front of our property,” Mrs Ford told the Gazette.
“After a while he came to us and said he’d lost his phone and his wallet and could he make a phone call.”
The Fords gave him a cup of tea and let him make the call.
Shortly after, he said he was “in trouble”.
Mr Ford, leaving to go to work, saw police across the street at the service station and mentioned the young man at his house.
Police spoke with him and took him away.
He was held for a few hours and then released without charge, pending further investigations.
Mossman CIB senior detective Trevor Perham in Port Douglas