New anger as night raiders out of control
By JOSEPH TERNOWETSKY
Kevin Simmons is the latest victim of a rash of vandalism that has Rockhampton police on high alert.
As he and his wife, Jane, counted the cost of smashed car mirrors yesterday morning, Rockhampton police vowed to crack down on the vandalism rampage.
Mrs Simmons had her car mir- rors smashed in Farm Street, North Rockhampton, on Tuesday night and said the offenders were childish.
"If they want to smash some- thing why don't they buy a crick- et bat and play cricket,'' she said. "I just think the whole thing is pretty juvenile.''
Senior Sergeant Murray Shields said the acts of vandal- ism, which included shooting ball bearings through shop win- dows and damaging cars by tow- ing wheelie bins, were plaguing the city.
Since the new year more than 30 homes and business have been hit by vandals cruising around town, shooting ball bearings into shop windows.
Already more than $20,000 dam- age has been caused.
"It is almost becoming a night- ly occurrence,'' Senior Sergeant Shields said. "The damages have gone well beyond just juvenile be- haviour. Catching these people is our top priority.''
Yet slingshot vandalism is not the only problem on Rockhamp- ton streets.
On Tuesday night a sparkler bomb exploded in front of Tom- kins Cabinetmakers in McLaugh- lin Street.
The offenders had tried to break the glass door by detonat- ing the device, but it slipped off the door and caused no damage.
"It's hard when you employ more than 30 people and try your best for the public,'' store owner Michael Tomkins said.
"Then kids come along and just want to wreck your business.'' Such sentiments have been ex- pressed by many shopkeepers who have recently been hit.
Senior Sergeant Shields ap- pealed to the community to come forward if they had any infor- mation.
"We will catch them and they will be taken to the fullest extent of the law,'' he said. Anyone with information can call CrimeStoppers at 1800 333 000.