New in town: Detective Senior Sergeant Alex McBroom is ready to help crack down on crime. Photo Bronwyn Wheatcroft A five week operationaims to tacklerepeat property offenders and property crime within the Mount Isa District.
Operation North Mantrawill be conducted betweenDecember 21 until January 27.
On Monday, December 21, five people were arrested on 34 property related offences.
Mount Isa Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Senior Sergeant Alex McBroom said policearepaying particular attention to “resivitis” offenders.
“The offenders were predominantlyjuvenileand two faced court on Tuesday morning,” he said.
DetectiveMcBroom said catching the offenderswas due to the hard work andcommitment of Mount Isa detectives.
“We can’taddress this type of crimealonewithout the help of the community,” he said.
“I call on residents to bemindful and lock up allpersonal belongs and report anysuspicious behavior to police.
“All members of the community can help their local police by reporting any suspicious behaviour and improving their security. Residents can’t afford to be complacent about their home and personal security,” he said.
“Simple things like making sure your doors and windows are locked at all times, your vehicle is secured, and all valuables are placed out of clear sight can help to minimise the risk of being a victim of property crime.
“Car keys should be well hidden and not left in plain view, and spare keys should not be left inside your vehicle.
Detective Senior Sergeant McBroom said the first day of the operation was a major success.
The youngest offender was an11-year-old boy who was charged with one count each of wilful damage, enter premises and commit indictable offence, and trespass.
Also charged was a13-year-old boy, withone count of burglary and commit indictable offence.
A19-year-old was charged with three counts of burglary and commit indictable offence and two counts of trespass.
A 14-year-old boy was charged with eight counts of attempt enter premises with intent, five counts of enter premises and commit indictable offence, two counts of burglary and commit indictable offence, and one count each of trespass, stealing, enter dwelling with intent, and attempt enter dwelling with intent.
A 14-year-old boy was charged with four counts of enter premises and commit indictable offence, and one count each of burglary and commit indictable offence,attempt enter premises and commit indictable offence, the detective said.
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