Getaway on bike thwarted by teen
AN ALLEGED thief tried to make his getaway by riding out of a camping and outdoors store on a stolen bike yesterday after taking a backpack from a shelf and filling it with knives, a machete and camping gear.
The man allegedly entered the Anaconda store at Garbutt about 3.45pm and made it to the front of the store after jumping on the bicycle. He was then approached by a 17- year- old shop assistant and a scuffle broke out.
Townsville police acting officer- in- charge Senior Sergeant Craig Robertson said the shop assistant asked the alleged thief to return to the store and pay for the goods.
“He has tried to ride through the store, past the service counter ( and) a young male staff member has challenged the offender in the carpark,” Sen- Sgt Robertson said. “Unfortunately he was assaulted and received some minor injuries to his head and face.”
The alleged offender then dumped the bicycle and fled on foot, before the teenage shop assistant gave chase.
“He was running through major roadways, stopping cars, trying to get into vehicles and has run into the industrial area in Garbutt,” Sen- Sgt Robertson said. “He found a motorbike on the street and has tried to push start it, and was apprehended by the staff member … and other members of the public.”
Although the young man’s actions were courageous, Sen-Sgt Robertson said members of the public should not to take matters into their own hands.
“The knife or machete wasn’t used or threatened, but the opportunity could have been there,” he said.
A 45- year- old South Townsville man has been charged with offences including stealing, assault occasioning bodily harm and possession of dangerous drugs.