AC­CUSED THIEF BE­HIND BARS

Man be­lieved re­spon­si­ble for string of break-ins:

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - SAM TURNER sam.turner@cnbtimes.com.au

FOR Monto po­lice of­fi­cer-in­charge Sergeant Mick Bazzo, the new year is start­ing to get busy.

Fol­low­ing the ar­rest of a 21year-old man be­lieved re­spon­si­ble for a string of break and en­ters, Sgt Bazzo re­ported two in­ci­dents in Jan­uary of this year.

“We’ve had the high school bro­ken into on the evening of Jan­uary 28, and it’s cur­rently un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” Sgt Bazzo said.

“An un­known of­fender has en­tered the premises and re­moved a safe from the of­fice area, with a quan­tity of money stolen.”

Foren­sic po­lice at­tended the scene and have taken pos­ses­sion of a num­ber of items ac­cord­ing to Sgt Bazzo, as in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing.

A 25-year-old man was then caught by Monto po­lice for low to mid-range drink-driv­ing on Jan­uary 19.

The Moon­ford man was picked up at an RBT site on Lis­ter St at 10.30am and ad­mit­ted to con­sum­ing al­co­hol the night be­fore.

He faced Biloela Mag­is­trates Court on Jan­uary 19 and re­ceived a one-month dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion, and a $550 fine.

Af­ter the re­turn of school, and as sum­mer comes to an end, Sgt Bazzo re­it­er­ated some tips for the com­mu­nity for this month.

“I want to re­mind ev­ery­one that we’re back to school zones now,” he said.

“Peo­ple have been a bit lax over the seven-week break, so it’s back to the 40km/h in school zones — and we will be en­forc­ing it.”

Re­cent statis­tics from QPS in­di­cated a 35 per cent av­er­age in­crease over five years of road fa­tal­i­ties in the Wide Bay Bur­nett up to 2019.

Speed­ing ac­counted for 22.3 per cent of the causal fac­tors of the in­crease from 2018-19.

Con­scious of the heat as we move through the last month of the sum­mer sea­son, Sgt Bazzo is ad­vis­ing the com­mu­nity to look out for el­derly res­i­dents.

“I’d imag­ine there’d be an in­crease in ser­vice due to ex­haus­tion for the el­derly,” he said.

“So it’d be good for ev­ery­one to check on their neigh­bours to see if they’re al­right.”

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