Get­away on bike thwarted by teen

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRIS MCMA­HON

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.

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