Life at risk for booze
MINUTES after a ram raid on a bottle shop a 15-year-old boy was fighting for his life when the getaway car crashed into a power pole, just 400m from the scene of the alleged robbery.
Sue Mitchell, owner of the Victoria Tavern bottle shop in High St, said yesterday the boy and his 19-year-old accomplices stole a few bottles of spirits during the raid at 6.25am on Saturday.
“He's paying a hell of a price for stealing some grog,” she said.
The juvenile was flown to the Royal Brisbane Hospital after he copped the worst of the ute's crash.
Yesterday afternoon he was in a critical condition and was expected to undergo surgery.
Minutes before the crash, a 19-year-old disqualified driver drove straight into the roller doors of the bottle shop, splitting them and smashing hundreds of dollars worth of alcohol stored in boxes behind the doors.
Detective Dane Sheraton of Rockhampton CIB said the trio swiped a “minimal” amount of alcohol. Police are reviewing CCTV footage of the robbery.
Yesterday, after a four-hour clean-up the store resumed business and customers expressed shock.
Ms Mitchell said the raid had cost her business $10,000, including the replacement of $6000 steel roller doors.
She said the ute was driven front-first into the roller doors and “must have given it one hell of a hit” because the doors were bolted to the floor.
“It's silly behaviour done in broad daylight.
“I do not think they have given it very much thought,” she said.
She said the bottle store was a frequent target of break-ins because of its location, but this was the first ram raid at the shop.
The two 19-year-old men may face manslaughter charges if the 15-year-old dies.
The driver, who is in police custody, has been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing grievous bodily harm whilst adversely affected, disqualified driving, entering premises and committing an indictable offence, and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
The other 19-year-old has been charged with entering premises and committing an indictable offence, and unlawful use.
He appeared in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday and was granted bail to reappear at a later date.
The driver will appear this morning.
Police said the vehicle used in the robbery was stolen from Allenstown on April 21.