20 August, 2022
Police use drone to locate boys on farm
A DRONE was used by police at a Mareeba cane farm last week to locate three boys who allegedly stole a car from Smithfield and drove it to the Tablelands.
The two 17-year-olds and a 12-year-old boy allegedly stole the vehicle on Monday morning, which was recovered on the Mareeba Dimbulah Road with front end damage.
Police were advised by a farmer on Chettle Road that he had located the boys about 4pm in his shed.
As police approached the property, it is alleged the boys ran into a cane paddock where they attempted to hide from police for about 20 minutes before the use of a drone located them and they were arrested.
The two teenagers, from Westcourt and Redlynch, were charged with one count each of unlawful use of motor vehicle, trespass and obstructing police, while the 12-year-old from Holloways Beach was charged with burglary and committing an indictable offence, unlawful use of motor vehicle, trespass and obstructing police.