Man charged after stolen prime mover found in Mossman



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The prime mover was recovered by Mossman Police parked off Foxton Avenue yesterday. Image: Supplied.
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A man was arrested and charged in Mossman yesterday after allegedly stealing a truck in Townsville before hitting the road and heading north.

A police spokesperson said the 49-year-old man is alleged to have taken the Kenworth truck with trailer attached from a Rooney Street compound after locating the keys on 23 November.

“The trailer was found abandoned the following day at Mount Saint John, north of Townsville,” the spokesperson said.

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“It will be alleged the man then used the truck to steal another trailer loaded with steel from a nearby business at Mount Saint John.

“The truck was allegedly spotted at camping grounds near Mount Molloy before it was recovered by Mossman police parked off Foxton Avenue yesterday."

The stolen trailer was still attached to the prime mover; however, the steel was missing. 

Mossman Police located the man in a Mossman shopping centre car park yesterday afternoon.

He was arrested and later charged with three counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, stealing, fraud, possessing restricted drugs, unlicenced driving, driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle. He is scheduled to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court today.

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