4WDs the target of stealing spree

SPRING is in the air, the nights are getting warmer and it seems criminals are damaging property and taking advantage of opportunities to steal.

While investigating reports of three stolen vehicles in the Corindi area at midnight on Saturday, police noticed one stolen vehicle and started a pursuit.

While following a stolen white Toyota Landcruiser, the vehicle was driven off road and became bogged.

The occupants then ran into the bush.

The Corindi thieves appeared to be targeting four-wheel-drive vehicles.

A second white Toyota Landcruiser (Queensland registration 915KJD) has not been found, although a gold Nissan Patrol was recovered in local bushland. Anyone with information about people acting suspiciously near vehicles in Corindi is asked to contact Woolgoolga Police on 66541244.

Senior Constable Brad Jackson said he had seen a noticeable increase in opportunistic thefts and incidents of malicious damage.

The return of the warm weather usually leads to an increase in this type of crime, he said.

Break-and-enters, stealing and malicious damage are occurring throughout the police command.

Senior Constable Jackson said: “We need to remind people to be vigilant about locking up their vehicles and houses and to take notice of dogs barking. Always report anything suspicious to police.”



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