Taxi truck raid yields $500,000 in booty
By MIKARLA THURECHT
IT WAS a mystery that could only be described as Rockhampton's own Bermuda Triangle.
Half a million dollars worth of goods in transit with Rockhampton-based freight firm Fitzroy Taxi Trucks had vanished over the last two years.
Televisions, computers, DVD players, air-conditioners, mobile phones, fishing reels, telescopes, clothes, a fridge and even a motorbike had all disappeared into the unknown.
They just never reached their destination.
That was until police raids uncovered the stash at the weekend.
Raids on a Quay Street business and four Rockhampton homes on Friday night revealed enough stolen goods to fill six shipping containers.
Most of the goods had never been opened.
Brisbane property crime officers had joined with the Rockhampton Tactical Crime Squad to swoop on the addresses and are still investigating.
Brisbane-based Property Crime Investigation Group Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Reid said police had been alerted to the theft by trustees of the now bankrupt business who had been going through its records.
He said it was the largest amount of stolen property he had even seen in his 20 years of service with the police force.
Senior Sergeant Reid said the stolen property had belonged to local businesses and had gone missing over two years.
It is believed that most of the goods were taken from larger businesses.
Senior Sergeant Reid said police would now begin the process of trying to return the items to their rightful owners.
He asked for any Rockhampton businesses which had problems with receiving consignments from the firm, to contact Detective Darren Cowles on 3237?9427.
Two Rockhampton men and two Rockhampton women aged from 25 to their mid 40s have been helping police with inquiries.