‘ Re­cidi­vist’ teens face car theft charges

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRIS McMA­HON

FOUR teenagers with lengthy crim­i­nal his­to­ries have been ar­rested af­ter al­legedly steal­ing a car from a Wul­guru home.

The teens, aged from 15 to 17, were ar­rested af­ter po­lice saw a car speed­ing around Wul­guru early yes­ter­day. They had al­legedly stolen the car from Gre­vil­lia St about 2.50am.

It’s al­leged po­lice were forced to pull the keys out of the car to get the group to stop, ar­rest­ing three of them be­fore one al­leged of­fender, a 17- yearold male, fled. He was found by po­lice a short time later.

In­spec­tor Joe Kitching said po­lice ar­rested two girls, aged 15 and 17, and two boys, aged 16 and 17, af­ter fol­low­ing the car.

“Po­lice in­ter­cepted the ve­hi­cle near the in­ter­sec­tion of Univer­sity ( Rd) ser­vice road and New­ton St, where they were able to dis­able the ve­hi­cle by re­mov­ing the keys from the ig­ni­tion,” he said. “All have had their bail ob­jected to and will ap­pear in Townsville Mag­is­trates Court.”

Insp Kitching said there had been an in­crease in prop­erty crime in the past three weeks.

“How­ever there’s no ev­i­dence at this stage that it is di­rectly re­lated to school hol­i­days,” he said.

“The of­fend­ers who have been brought into cus­tody by po­lice are known re­cidi­vist of­fend­ers and have now been re­turned to cus­tody.

“Cer­tainly there have been some higher rates of of­fend­ing of re­cent times, but im­por­tantly there has been nine per­sons taken into cus­tody over the week­end all in re­la­tion to bur­glary of­fences.

“That’s an ex­cep­tional job by po­lice and in­ves­ti­ga­tors to iden­tify the of­fend­ers and bring them into cus­tody and we are hop­ing that will see a re­duc­tion in crime rates.”

The four teens ar­rested yes­ter­day have been charged with bur­glary, un­law­ful use of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and a num­ber of other of­fences re­lat­ing to ob­struct­ing po­lice and tres­pass.

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