CAR THIEVES LEAD COPS ON EIGHT- HOUR CHASE

HOONS CHARGE AROUND CITY WITH­OUT CARE

Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - DOMANII CAMERON domanii. cameron@ news. com. au

FIVE thieves led po­lice on a dra­matic eight- hour chase across Townsville yes­ter­day, dan­ger­ously driv­ing stolen cars, break­ing into homes and at­tack­ing res­i­dents.

Po­lice crews were called to ar­eas from Dal­rym­ple Rd to Rail­way Es­tate yes­ter­day amid a crime spree which started in Cairns.

It’s be­lieved the youths are known to po­lice, who have been on high alert af­ter the re­turn to the city of a no­to­ri­ous of­fender in re­cent weeks.

Po­lice were still look­ing for five youths late last night af­ter los­ing sight of a stolen car yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Po­lice were alerted about 1am yes­ter­day that a white Toy­ota Camry and white Holden Com­modore had been stolen from a home at Mt Sheri­dan in Cairns.

Po­lice used road spikes on the Bruce High­way near Yab­ulu about 6am yes­ter­day in an at­tempt to stop the stolen cars, but were only able to de­flate the tires of the Holden.

A 19- year- old Kir­wan man, who was al­legedly driv­ing the ve­hi­cle, was ar­rested and charged over a string of prop­erty crime of­fences be­tween Au­gust 17 to yes­ter­day.

He will face Townsville e Mag­is­trates Court to­day charged with three counts each of bur­glary and un­law­ful use of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle.

The Toy­ota – which po­licee be­lieve con­tained five youths – then drove to a home at Sec­ond St in Rail­way Es­tate where there was an at­tempted car­jack­ing about 7am.

Thieves con­fronted a 57- year- old man who was get­tingg out of his car be­fore kick­ing and punch­ing him when he re­fused to hand over his keys. They stole his mo­bile phone be­fore flee­ing in the Toy­ota.

The man was taken to Townsville Hospi­tal with se­ri­ous in­juries, in­clud­ing mul­ti­ple frac­tures.

The thieves then drove to Minaret Way in Mount Louisa where they tried to break into a home.

The front win­dow was dam­aged with a sling shot.

Then at 11am, the thieves stole about $ 880 worth of al­co­hol from the BWS bot­tleshop on Bayswa­ter Rd, where the driver threat­ened to as­sault a staff mem­ber.

The car then fled to­wards Idalia where one pas­sen­ger stole a Toy­ota LandCruiser from a home at Sanc­tu­ary Drive about 11.30am.

A woman there was threat­ened by one of the of­fend­ers, who showed a knife out of the win­dow of the Camry and swore at her.

The Toy­ota Camry was later dumped at Kal­landa St in Mount Louisa where po­lice found it about 1.15pm.

About 1.25pm, the Rapid Ac­tion and Pa­trol Group tried to stop the LandCruiser, how­ever a pur­suit was au­tho­rised af­ter the at­tempt failed.

Of­fi­cers fol­lowed the ve­hi­cle for about 10km be­fore po­lice lost sight of it near Bam­ford Lane at Kir­wan.

A shock­ing video emerged of the stolen four- wheel- drive be­ing driven at speed through a Vin­cent park yes­ter­day, with po­lice in pur­suit.

Re­gional Dis­trict Of­fi­cer In­spec­tor Mark Jack­son said it was be­lieved the thieves were known to po­lice.

“We be­lieve they are well known to po­lice and the jus-

TH­ESE PEO­PLE HAVE PRE­SENTED A SE­RI­OUS THREAT … IT’S A COM­PLETE DIS­RE­GARD FOR THE SAFETY OF THE COM­MU­NITY

IN­SPEC­TOR MARK JACK­SON

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