Thieves steal 3 cars, break into 19 vehicles

THREE cars were stolen and a further 19 broken into as thieves wreaked havoc across the Rockhampton region at the weekend.

The crime spree has puzzled local police who haven't ruled out a new gang in town.

Police believe the thieves who broke into nine of the cars and stole one in the Norman Gardens and Frenchville areas are part of a group of youths.

The vehicle stolen from Norman Gardens and a 1994 model white Toyota Camry taken from a Kawana home were both dumped

 

and later found by police.

But they are still searching for a 2005 model blue Ford Falcon stolen from Mulambin on Friday.

Wallets, mobile phones, laptops, cash, credit cards, and iPods in particular, were stolen from vehicles in Norman Gardens, Berserker, Frenchville, Gracemere, Mulambin, Park Avenue and Stockland Rockhampton.

“It (thefts and break-ins) was higher than normal,” Detective Inspector Cal Lynch said.

A police spokesperson said it could have been a new group in town or something else.

The opportunistic thefts saw thieves smash into cars they could see had valuable items, but many others were unlocked.

Police are appealing for people to lock their cars, whether they are parked outside their homes or at a shopping centre.

Anyone with information on the thefts should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 



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