‘ Recidivist’ teens face car theft charges
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.