The Gold Coast Bulletin

Boys found with stolen luxury car


TWO Gold Coast boys aged 13 and 15 have been slapped with a string of charges after they were busted in a stolen Mercedes Benz at a Biggera Waters shopping centre.

The younger boy had a knife. It comes as Coast police investigat­e the circumstan­ces surroundin­g a car with no number plates found ablaze on Wheeler Cres at Currumbin Waters early on Thursday morning.

Queensland Police officers swarmed the car park at Harbour Town shopping centre about 9am on Wednesday after the 13-year-old Currumbin boy and 15year-old Labrador youth were found inside a Mercedes stolen on the Gold Coast.

It is understood a member of the public helped officers track the luxury car to Harbour Town after it was spotted on the Smith St Motorway at Southport about half an hour earlier.

The stolen car was blocked by police when it was driven into the car park and the boys were pulled from the vehicle. The 13-year-old has been charged with four counts of burglary, three counts of possessing tainted property and one count each of possessing drug utensils or pipes, possessing a knife and unlawful use of a vehicle. The 15-yearold has been charged with one count each of burglary, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, dangerous operation of a vehicle, driving unlicensed and possessing drug utensils or pipes.

The younger boy was expected to face Southport Children’s Court on Thursday, while the older boy was due to face the court on May 19, according to a police spokeswoma­n. They cannot be identified under Queensland law.

The arrests add to a string of serious youth crime incidents on the Coast in recent times, including assaults, burglaries and vehicle thefts.

Meanwhile, on Thursday morning, Gold Coast police were hoping to speak to the owner of the car found on fire at Currumbin Waters.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) were called to Wheeler Cres, near Villiers Dve, about 2.30am and found the fire “well involved”.

It took firefighte­rs about 25 minutes to extinguish the blaze and QFES left the scene in the hands of police officers who planned to speak to the vehicle’s owner.

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