Vandals launch rocks at car
ROCKS weighing close to 20kg and slightly bigger than a soccer ball were launched into the front of Craig Edwards’s Falcon ute during a vandalism attack at midnight on Monday.
The Rockhampton plumber’s mum, Linda Brisbane, heard a loud “explosion” she described as what sounded like “a bomb going off” while she was up late sorting out paperwork in her front lounge room.
Linda raced out only to see two figures running into the darkness as she screamed at them in her hysterical state.
“I heard a girl’s voice, but they had bolted into the dark when I got out there,” Linda said.
She ran back inside and called the police who came to investigate the scene shortly after.
It is the second time in the past month that the family’s cars have been damaged while parked on the street outside their Berserker Street home.
Late last month when the family was away visiting family, Linda’s Toyota Corolla was broken into through the front window and $23 worth of petrol money was taken. It ended up costing her $1400 to fix the damage.
Windscreen repair and panel beating costs as a result of Craig’s damaged vehicle are expected to set him back about $4000.
The plumber, who has his own business, said the damage to his car wasn’t just a “low act”, but would put him out of business.
“I’m without a car now thanks to the idiots that did this,” Craig said.
Police are continuing to investigate this attack.
Acting District Inspector Ben Carroll said they hadn’t seen an increase in wilful damage to vehicles of late. However, during the school holiday period, nine schools in Rockhampton had been broken into, four more than the same period last year.
“We have charged 11 offenders for trespassing on school property which is a result of police patrols and public help,” Acting Inspector Carroll said.
The Rockhampton District Crime Bulletin’s December issue revealed that opportunistic break-ins had increased in the suburbs of Berserker, The Range and Rockhampton City.
Offenders usually got into homes through unlocked doors and windows and were stealing small, easily concealable items.
Residents were advised to ensure that their windows and doors were locked even while they were at home.