Po­lice bust young car thief Crack­down takes ef­fect

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Nathan Paull nathan. paull@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

A TEENAGER who broke into a man’s house while he was sleep­ing and stole his car was caught red handed by po­lice yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Kir­wan po­lice of­fi­cer-in­charge Se­nior-Sergeant Gary Ed­diehausen said the in­ci­dent oc­curred in Fraser St, Cran­brook about 3.30am yes­ter­day.

Sen-Sgt Ed­diehausen said the of­fender broke into the home through a slid­ing glass door and crept into the vic­tim’s room, steal­ing a wal­let and a set of car keys.

The teenager then al­legedly went down­stairs, re­moved a lou­vre so he could get into a store room and pushed the vic­tim’s 1998 Holden As­tra sedan out on to the road.

‘‘ A wit­ness no­ticed the of- fen­der push­ing the out­side,’’ Sen-Sgt hausen said.

‘‘ The of­fender drove the ve­hi­cle away from the ad­dress and later he bogged the ve­hi­cle at Barcelona St in Heat­ley.’’

Sen-Sgt Ed­diehausen said the teenager was spot­ted aban­don­ing the ve­hi­cle and flee­ing to­wards Charles St.

‘‘ At about 5am, of­fi­cers from Kir­wan po­lice sta­tion ob­served this per­son and he was taken into cus­tody,’’ he said.

Sen-Sgt Ed­diehausen said the boy was ar­rested and charged with un­law­ful use of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and bur­glary af­ter he was handed over to de­tec­tives.

‘‘ It was good work by the wit­ness who ad­vised po­lice and for­warded on the in­for- ve­hi­cle Ed­die- ma­tion,’’ he said.

‘‘ It was also good work by the of­fi­cers who were out pa­trolling in that area.’’

The ve­hi­cle was re­turned t o t h e o wner y e s t e r d a y morn­ing.

Sen-Sgt Ed­diehausen said the boy was also in pos­ses­sion of a moun­tain bike and po­lice were still in­ves­ti­gat­ing to de­ter­mine whether it was stolen.

The Kir­wan po­lice boss said the num­ber of break-ins had de­creased i n re­cent weeks, which he at­trib­uted to the wet weather, but also the amount of no­to­ri­ous prop­erty of­fend­ers po­lice had al­ready cap­tured.

‘‘ Po­lice in this divi­sion are un­der­tak­ing cur­few checks of per­sons who have been is­sued court-or­dered cur­fews,’’ he said.

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