Teen gang loots hotel of $3000

IT TOOK a gang of teenagers 30 seconds to steal $3000 worth of alcohol from a Rockhampton bottle shop on Sunday night.

It was the 16th time the Post Office Hotel had been broken into in the past two years.

Venue manager Amanda McKinnon said 11 teenagers smashed an $800 glass window at 9.50pm and were in and out in 30 seconds.

Police said the teenagers ranged in age from 13 to 17.

Police yesterday charged six youths and one adult for their alleged involvement.

They said they had leads on two more juveniles involved.

Ms McKinnon said the area around the Musgrave St business had become a haven for juvenile delinquents, with the nearby Ascot Hotel being targeted even more times than her hotel.

"I've watched them on camera, they are pretty street savvy," she said.

"It's a criminal haven for juvenile delinquents right now."

Ms McKinnon praised the police, but said it was time for Campbell Newman's new government to step up to the plate.

"The police are trying their best, but the politicians have to do something about it," she said. "Maybe we need to get some tough justice."

Ms McKinnon said she didn't expect to get the alcohol back and they would be upgrading their security immediately.



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