Four teens arrested after car stolen from Bowen home

FOUR teenagers have been charged with burglary after a car was stolen from a house in Bowen and taken on a road trip on the Bruce Hwy.

About 2.30am on Saturday, a Mazda BT-50 dual cab was stolen from the Silk St home when the teens - aged 13-15 - allegedly entered through an open roller door and found the car keys in the kitchen while the owners were asleep.

Townsville Police were notified the stolen Mazda was seen travelling north on the Bruce Hwy, with police setting up stingers (a tyre deflation device) near Alligator Creek.

After speaking with the juveniles inside the stolen car, police charged a 13-year-old with five counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, five counts of burglary and also stealing.

A 14- and 15-year old were both charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle, burglary and receiving tainted property.

Another 15-year-old was charged with four counts of burglary and five counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

All juveniles will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act 1992.

Police say six burglaries have been reported in the Bowen division since May 4. 

"It's clear that offenders are seeking vulnerabilities in the security of homes which they target, for example an open window, unlocked door or even an open door," a police statement said.

"They are not ignoring the opportunities available - often entering homes at night while residents are present and asleep. Police are encouraging residents to address their home and vehicle security every day.  Report any suspicious activity that you may witness, regardless of the time of day - if your suspicions are raised, police want to know."

If you have any information about crime, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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