TEENS HELD OVER THEFTS

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

“With any of these of­fences these in­di­vid­u­als tar­get mo­tor ve­hi­cles, which they use to joy ride around in and they’re look­ing for things like iPhones and iPads, small lap­tops and cash and credit cards,” Insp Miles said.

He said it was con­cern­ing that there was a group of teens well known to po­lice com­mit­ting break- ins on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

“We have a co­hort of in­di­vid­u­als, young in­dige­nous boys aged 13 to 16, who are com­mit­ting these of­fences on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, purely for their own amuse­ment,’’ he said

“They are a small group, but they are re­spon­si­ble for a large num­ber of the thefts.

“They’re ( the of­fend­ers) a prod­uct of their en­vi­ron­ment, a lack of su­per­vi­sion and in­ter­est in what they do by their par­ents ... this is a hobby and a game to them.”

The teens have al­legedly been linked to the wed­ding rings stolen from Joan May­nard the day her hus­band of 60 years, Bob, died.

Some of Mrs May­nard’s stolen jew­ellery has been re­cov­ered, but not her wed­ding rings.

Daugh­ter Jil­lian Schulz said her mother was over the moon at get­ting some of her things back but was still hop­ing for her rings to be re­turned.

“Mum had a visit from the po­lice two days ago and they did re­turn a purse, the ear­rings from her wed­ding set, two brooches that dad had given her and some other bits and pieces,” Mrs Schulz said.

“At this point the rings and neck­lace haven’t turned up, but we are hope­ful that some of the other stuff may turn up.”

All three teens have been charged with bur­glary, un­law­ful use of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle, un­law­ful en­try of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and fraud of­fences that re­late to their use of a credit card on pay wave.

Pic­ture: SHAE BE­PLATE

LOW BLOW: Joan May­nard has had some stolen items re­turned, but not her trea­sured wed­ding rings.

Wed­nes­day’s front page on re­tire­ment vil­lage break- ins.

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