Category Archives: Crime

Find My iPhone helps Forest Lake police track a stolen iPod across the ditch

DUMB criminals are falling into iTraps by stealing smartphone and tablet devices.

Forest Lake police have helped nab several suspected thieves including one from New Zealand by using apps such a Find My iPhone to track their location and obtain warrants to search dwellings.

Most recently the app was used to help police track a stolen iPod from Auckland Airport to a house in Forest Lake.

Senior Constable Amanda Mitchell said the operation helped a New Zealand police unit solve a violent break-and-enter offence.

“It was a modern (iPod) which was Wi-Fi enabled and the person who had the stolen property had taken a number of photos on it, so that was good intelligence for New Zealand police when I sent it back,” she said.

See the full story at Quest News.

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The badlands moniker earned by serious crimes in south-western Brisbane

The south-western Brisbane badlands have kept police busy with a spate of high profile crimes in recent days.

Guns were used at Oxley Motor Inn when it was robbed by a gang of masked thugs on Saturday night.

It is believed the same group was behind an another robbery at a Hamilton motel later that night, while at Ipswich three masked men produced a firearm at Jacaranda St bottle shop before fleeing over a back fence with cash.

The wave of gun crime comes just months after a highly successful Queensland Weapons and Firearms Amnesty in which 8000 firearms were surrendered to police.

Centenary Patrol Inspector Richard Kroon said there were still a number of illegal firearms around but police faced the added problem of replica guns being used in robberies.

“A number of them are replicas; however even to a trained person it’s difficult to tell the difference between the real and the replica without physically inspecting the item,” he said.

See the full story at Quest News.

– James Drew

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Darra timber yard fire suspicious

STAFF at a Darra timber recycling yard were forced to down tools today as police investigations into a suspicious fire continue.

Police were called to The Big Red Shed on Sumners Rd on Sunday night at 6pm where a fire had engulfed a hoop pine storage shed.

A police spokesman confirmed the fire was being treated as suspicious with the criminal investigation branch on scene today.

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– James Drew

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Threats take over the airwaves on CB radio emergency channels

CABOOLTURE’S citizens’ band (CB) radio emergency channels have turned into a war zone filled with foul language, bullying and even threats of violence and rape.

The harassing nature of the conversations has become so bad that members of Morayfield’s South East Queensland UHF Emergency Service Team installed security cameras around their homes.

Shane Barnes, the group’s founder, has lodged complaints with police and the Australian Communications and Media Authority after a man directed threats towards his partner.

Some CB radio users have even announced his Morayfield address and partner’s car registration number over the UHF emergency channels.

“They make threats they’re going to come here and kick our door in,” he said.

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– James Drew

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Queensland police warn of online property mule scam

THE Caboolture Police District’s head of crime prevention has warned our friendly and generous nature makes us soft targets for fraudsters.

Sergeant Marjan Borosak said residents must be more suspicious of people they meet online after the state’s Fraud and Corporate Crime Group (FCCG) raised alarm on a new type of “international property mule” scam.

The scam involves someone overseas befriending an Australian online and convincing them to allow their home address to be used as a halfway point for illicit goods.

FCCG’s Detective Superintendent Brian Hay said the fraudsters convinced Australians to send on the goods overseas, often to west Africa.

See the full story at Quest News.

– James Drew

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Queensland Police warn drivers carjackers and thieves on the prowl at Caboolture South

Police have warned people to protect their vehicles against opportunistic thieves after a spate of break-ins and attempted carjackings at Caboolture South.

A plot to steal a Lifeline volunteer’s car was thwarted last week after the three youths were confronted by volunteer driver Patolo Mariner.

The thieves had attempted to reverse off with a volunteer’s VN Commodore from distribution centre’s carpark at Industrial Ave but the steering lock kicked in. After noticing the commotion, Mr Mariner stepped in and the youths escaped.

It was the second time a Lifeline volunteer’s vehicle had been targeted, and came just days after somebody broke into four Woolworths employee’s cars in the same area.

See the full story at Quest News.

– James Drew

Former Sons of Samoa gang member works to prevent youth crime in Caboolture

Former Sons Of Samoa (SOS) gang member Patolo “Gary” Mariner’s recent arrival in Caboolture could help bring peace, not war, to our streets.

Mr Mariner spent five years in prison for crimes of violence committed in his youth but says he has reformed and wants to prevent youth crime in our region through his Mariner Youth and Adult Programs.

Having recently moved to Caboolture from NSW with his partner and seven children, Mr Mariner is making approaches to local schools, PCYCs and youth detention centres to implement his life coaching and basketball programs

He said the programs had been run at institutions in Wagga Wagga and Taree and he hoped Caboolture would take them on.

See the full story at The Courier Mail.

– James Drew

Alpaca killer faces sentencing

THE RSPCA has slammed the decision not to jail one of the teenagers responsible for the brutal killing of two alpacas at Caboolture State High School last year.

Wayne Charles Hartwig, 19, was sentenced to six months jail for killing one alpaca, and three months for injuring the other so severely it had to be put down, when he appeared in Caboolture Magistrates Court on Tuesday afternoon.

But Magistrate Jennifer Batts suspended both terms immediately. She imposed a two year ban on Hartwig having an animal, and ordered he pay the school $686.50 restitution.

RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said Hartwig deserved to go to jail.

“This was obviously a horrendous case and understandably there was enormous community outrage over this,” Mr Beatty said.

“We feel that not only as a punishment, but some form of deterrent, that he should have spent some time inside.

See the full story at The Courier Mail.

– James Drew, Glenn Roberts

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Caboolture woman almost the victim of a dangerous con

A CABOOLTURE resident has warned thieves may be using elaborate distraction techniques to loot homes after an incident at her Morgan St unit.

Wendy Williams said “alarm bells were ringing” when a teenage girl barged into her living room through a locked flyscreen door, claiming to need protection from an attacker on Sunday.

Ms Williams believed the girl was intent on creating a distraction because during the commotion a male teen was spotted rummaging in the backyard.

Both teens escaped and the incident was reported to police.

“I was really scared and felt terribly unsafe and vulnerable,” she said.

See the full story at The Courier Mail.

– James Drew

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Thieves target adult shops at Morayfield

Adult stores on Morayfield Rd have become a “quick hit” for armed robbers with one store being held up five times in the past four years.

Be Daring The Adult Shop associate director Jayme Boswell said staff were left traumatised after a man robbed the store at 1.45pm on March 30.

Police were also investigating an attempted break-in and enter at the same store on Wednesday, April 3.

Ms Boswell said it was the fifth attempted break and enter in recent years.

“It’s affecting our staff and our sales, not just from what they’re stealing but having to have our store shut and staff traumatised,” she said.

“I think adult shops are being targeted because we’re open late and are secluded and nobody from the public can see in.”

See the full story at Caboolture Shire Herald.

– James Drew


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Drivers hit by green laser beam at Woodford

Police suspect a green laser light is being used to distract drivers at Woodford.

The unidentified green beam was reportedly shone on drivers travelling along Ironbark and Montanus drives.

Sergeant Jason Renwick said Woodford Police had received several complaints about the green laser, the latest was April 11.

While nobody was injured, Sergeant Renwick said it was a dangerous act with severe penalties.

“Laser lights can travel a significant distances and cause a disruption to a driver’s attention and interfere with their vision which may result in a crash,” he said.

See the full story at Caboolture Shire Herald.

– James Drew

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Residents fear more attacks despite arrest over animal slaughter at Morayfield

Residents living in a perpetual nightmare at Adelong Court, Morayfield, are anxiously awaiting the outcome of the court appearance of a 22-year-old Morayfield man charged in connection with the alleged slaying of more than 20 chickens and ducks at their homes on the night of February 21.

Police arrested the man on March 7 and charged him with two counts of unlawful entry plus one count each of wilful damage and injuring animals.

He was released on bail from Caboolture Watch-house on March 8 and is due to face Caboolture Magistrates Court on April 8. Detective Senior Sergeant Anthony Green, officer-in-charge of Caboolture District CIB, said his detectives were still investigating.

“Detectives from Caboolture CIB investigated the matter, a number of people were interviewed and statements were taken which resulted in the arrest,” he said. “Inquiries are still being conducted.”

See the full story at Caboolture Shire Herald.

– James Drew

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Latest in spate of animal cruelty cases still being investigated at Toorbul

The Moreton Bay region’s track record with cases of animal cruelty is again in the spotlight following the alleged slaying of nine kangaroos including two joeys at Toorbul last week.

RSPCA Queensland said a tray-back ute was seen deliberately swerving to hit the roos on The Esplanade about 9.45pm on March 6.

Caboolture Police have been told the vehicle was either a Nissan Patrol or white Toyota Landcruiser and have appealed for information from the public.

The kangaroo killings follows a spate of attacks on animals in the region.

Last month, more than 20 ducks and chickens were decapitated at homes at Adelong Ct, Morayfield.

See the full story at The Northern Times.

– James Drew

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Thieves target rare car at Bribie Island after it survived Sudan war zone

This Suzuki Grand Escudo survived war-torn Sudan but became the target of thieves once it reached Bribie Island.

Last week, someone stole its front bumper and also attempted to take its front lights and grill.

Owned by Danielle and Francis Kibalya of Arcadia Ave, Woorim, the car was a rare Japanese import which spent four years in Sudan.

Danielle, a diplomat trainer for the British Council, said she would expect the car to be targeted in Sudan not Bribie Island.

See the full story at Quest News.

– James Drew

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Monday madness for Caboolture staff

WEEKEND foraging is leading to Monday madness for volunteers at a Lifeline warehouse in Caboolture South.

Volunteer Coordinator Robyn Marsom said the goodwill of people making donations outside of business hours was being squandered by thieves looting the warehouse’s five drop-off containers at their Industrial Ave address.

“It’s really shocking,” Ms Marsom said. “People come in head down, backside up just tearing through stuff, even putting their children in the bins to throw stuff out.”

She said each weekend people rummaged through donations piled up outside the containers, taking anything of value and leaving behind a mess which volunteers need to clean up on Monday mornings.

Click here for the full story at Quest News.

– James Drew

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Police hunt duck, chook killers at Morayfield

Kerry Twine and Robert Venz of Adelong Ct, Morayfield, woke to find a poultry massacre had been perpetrated in their backyard last night.

Up to 20 of Ms Twine’s ducks and chooks had been decapitated and scattered across the yard and some even had their wings removed.

The scene left the pair and their neighbours in shock, fearing what might happen next.

Officers from Burpengary Police and the Caboolture Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) visited the morbid scene at the small farm earlier this morning.

Ms Twine and Mr Venz keep 23 suffolk sheep, two horses as well as some dogs and cats but only their poultry was targeted.

“I woke up to make a tea and noticed what looked like a pile or old rugs of blankets,” Ms Twine said. “Upon a closer look I noticed it was my chickens with their heads removed.”

See the full story at Caboolture Shire Herald.

– James Drew

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