Emerald teens caught after new year’s crime spree
TWO Emerald juveniles suspected of breaking into three central Queensland properties and causing at least $17,000 in damage, before evading police and crashing a stolen car south of Sarina last week, have been caught.
Police allege the youths, a male and female aged 15, broke into an Emerald church on the corner of Opal and Loch Sts on December 30 and defecated in an office.
The crime spree continued on New Year's Day when, it is alleged, the same youths broke into the Gemfields Clay Target and Rifle clubhouse, smashing display cases and destroying food stocks valued at thousands of dollars, before stealing cash and alcohol from the premises.
Police allege the pair also stole number plates from a vehicle in Emerald and put them on another car, before abandoning it in Rockhampton and stealing another vehicle.
It is alleged the offenders used the car to smash through a Yeppoon Foodworks grocery store in the early hours of Friday, January 4, at significant cost to the retailer but for little reward of their own.
They stole 15 packs of cigarettes from the outlet. The damage bill was estimated at $12,000.
"My wife heard the wheels squeal just after the alarm went off," shop owner Jim Wood told The Morning Bulletin.
"It was very inconvenient for a lot of people at 3am but at least no one was hurt."
It was reported the offenders attempted to hitch hike after crashing the stolen car near Ilbilbie, south of Sarina, later that morning.
Both youths were arrested and charged with three counts of enter premises with intent, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, evade police, stealing and a number of traffic offences.
They are due to appear in the Rockhampton Children's Court on February 5.