Police hunting four offenders after overnight crime spree
Police are on the lookout for four people believed to be involved in an overnight crime spree including the burglary of a house on Ulysses Avenue in Port Douglas.
At about 3.15am this morning, a group of four people entered a property on Ulysses Avenue where they gained entry via an unlocked rear door.
While in the house, the group stole two sets of car keys that were in clear view along with a number of other items.
A female occupant of the house disturbed them by waking up when they entered her bedroom.
Another occupant of the house gave chase but the offenders split up with two running in a northerly direction along Ulysses Avenue while the other two entered separate cars before catching up with the pair on foot.
One of the cars was found later dumped in Mossman and was connected to another burglary in Clifton Beach earlier in the evening that was not reported to police.
When police attended the Clifton Beach address, it was discovered two cars had been stolen from that address.
The vehicles are also believed to be linked to a break-in at a licensed premises in Mossman the same night.
Police say the group have managed to elude apprehension at this stage and are seeking the public’s assistance to help locate them.
Police are asking the public to look out for a grey 2017 Mitsubishi ASX with registration 457 XTK that was last seen heading south towards Cairns.
Anyone who sees this vehicle is urged to contact police immediately with any information.
Port Douglas Police Sergeant, Damien Meadows, said the crimes have all the hallmarks of youth crime seen in other parts of the Far North.
“With these methods of operation it is indicative of the youth crime epidemic taking place in other parts of the region,” he said.
“Police have been able to disrupt their operations in other areas but, sadly, that tends to make us a soft target.
“As they are pushed out of other areas they will be looking at easier targets so this is a timely reminder to think about home security.”
Sergeant Meadows said people should think about where they leave things at home and remember to lock their doors.
“This may mean some inconvenience for people and a break in old habits but we all need to do it,” he said.
“The majority of people in Port Douglas have worked hard for what they have but we are a bit apathetic about home security.
“It’s all about risk versus reward and if we make it difficult for them, they are less likely to try.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Port Douglas Police station on (07) 4087 1999.
If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.
You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.
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