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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.