Weekly Police Report May 3

policeThe body of a 20-year-old Charters Towers man was found in a Bluff Rd backyard yesterday morning.

Emergency services were called to the scene at approximately 10:30am and found the man pinned under a Holden Commodore he was performing mechanical maintenance on.

He was pronounced deceased at the scene and initial inquiries indicate the car fell off its jack and onto the man crushing him.

The man’s body is now with the coroner who will investigate the incident.

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A gang of youths are on police’s radar after a string of break and enters over the weekend.

The juveniles allegedly forced their way into a Stubley St home between 2-10:45pm on Saturday.

Car keys were stolen but the corresponding vehicle was not.

It is unknown whether the vehicle was at the residence at the time.

That night the same offenders are believed to have broken into a locked caravan parked at the showgrounds.

The owners were attending the Country Music Festival at the time of the break in.

The offenders forced their way in through a window stealing jewellery.

Later that night a King St home was entered with a women’s purple handbag and wallet, keys and a men’s wallet stolen.

A Hodgkinson St address was also broken into on Saturday night with a number of louvers removed to create an entry point.

The offenders stole clothing, jewellery and a sum of money.

A Mossman St hotel was also broken into with a quantity of liquor stolen from the premises.

Police believe the offences are linked and the same group of youths are responsible.

Charters Towers Officer in Charge Graham Lohmann says the juveniles are known to police.

“Police are examining CCTV and the scenes are being forensically examined, Charters Towers Detectives are investigating,” he says.

“Last night there were a number of reports of youths acting suspiciously around town.

“Police deployed resources throughout the town to find the juveniles and prevent further crime.

“Police were unsuccessful in finding them but no further offences were committed.”

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A 31-year-old Egyptian tourist is in hot water after being caught at a Gill St petrol station driving a stolen vehicle.

The car was reported missing from Sydney last month and driven north by the offender.

He was charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle, unlicensed driving and shop stealing.

He was remanded in custody and appeared in Townsville Magistrate Court on Friday.

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On Saturday afternoon police were called to a disturbance outside the post office on Gill St after reports of a man acting violently.

The man was allegedly shouting threats and abuse at members of the public before police arrived and arrested him.

The man was bailed to appear in Charters Towers Magistrates Court on June 27.

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A Ford Ranger parked in the hotel carpark has been damaged on Saturday night.

Scratches were found along the side panels of the vehicle.

Police are waiting to examine CCTV footage of the incident to identify possible offenders.

It is not believed to be linked to the number of break-in’s on the same night.