Ramraiders caught out

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

AN am­a­teur­ish ram­raid at a Rail­way Es­tate bot­tleshop has re­sulted in two peo­ple be­ing ar­rested and po­lice are hot on the heels of two more.

A white sedan slammed into the rear doors of the Liquor­land on Rail­way Av­enue mul­ti­ple times just af­ter mid­night yes­ter­day but broke through and made off with car­tons of al­co­hol.

CCTV footage shows the four un­masked of­fend­ers try­ing to break the glass doors at least six times with the stolen ve­hi­cle.

A nearby neigh­bour who called 000 dur­ing the in­cid e n t s a i d s h e i n i t i a l l y thought there had been a car ac­ci­dent un­til she looked out­side and saw the breakin tak­ing place.

T o w n s v i l l e d e t e c t i v e Se­nior Sergeant Chris Hicks said two brothers, aged 21 and 28, were ar­rested a short time af­ter the in­ci­dent when the car they were driv­ing was found in Fraser Ave, Cran­brook.

The car was re­ported to po­lice who sur­rounded it and used track­ing dogs to find the two ar­rested men.

Sen-Sgt Hicks said the two men were charged with un­law­ful use of a ve­hi­cle and break and en­ter.

He said t wo other

of- fend­ers, a Cau­casian man and an in­dige­nous woman, were seen on CCTV footage.

The CIB boss said most of the al­co­hol stolen had been re­cov­ered.

He said the in­ci­dent was not re­lated to a spate of liquor store break-ins over the past week.

Cleve­land Glass and Alu­minium’s Ernie Pozze­bon said yes­ter­day’s job was the third time he had to re­place glass af­ter a bot­tle shop break-in within a month.

‘ ‘ There’s never been a spate like this be­fore,’’ he said. ‘‘ I guess it’s just a sign of the times.’’

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion s h o u l d c a l l T o wn s v i l l e po­lice on 4759 9777 or Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

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