8 June, 2022
Kuranda burglaries prompt police warning
POLICE are warning residents to be vigilant after an elderly man was repeatedly targeted by burglars.
An 83-year-old man from Kuranda fell victim to three burglaries and his vehicle was stolen.
Kuranda police have recently charged three 14-year-old boys with a total of 12 offences including burglary, trespass, unlawful use of motor vehicle, evasion offence and dangerous operation of a vehicle.
It will be alleged that on 26 April, the youths broke into the house while the man was asleep, stealing a wallet and car keys before stealing the vehicle.
The vehicle was later seen by police being driven at high speeds through Mareeba.
It failed to stop for police.
The youths allegedly returned on 1 May and were disturbed by the victim who heard them in his home.
One 14-year-old boy returned on 8 April at about 11am while the victim was being treated by a medical professional in his home, allegedly entering by the front door and stealing a sum of cash from the victim’s wallet.
The three 14-year-old boys have each been charged and will appear in Mareeba Children’s Court at a later date.
Kuranda police are providing support to the elderly man and are assisting him with better home security.