Vandals strike 8 businesses

A BUNDABERG man has been charged after eight businesses were damaged early on Wednesday morning, leaving shop owners with a repair bill costing thousands of dollars.

Bundaberg Police Detective Senior Sergeant Joe Hildred said the crime spree started when four men allegedly targeted the Bundaberg Netball Association building in Quay Street, kicking in the front roller door.

Once inside, they allegedly damaged some towels that had been left in the building.

“A witness yelled at them, and they left the scene,” Det Snr Sgt Hildred said.

But that was not the only building damaged on Wednesday morning. At Homemakers Furniture, in Woondooma Street, a rock was thrown through the front window, landing on furniture inside.

Another window was smashed on a second building in Woondooma Street, and a glass door was hit and smashed at a shop on Bingera Street.

“Neighbours reported hearing a disturbance,” Det Snr Sgt Hildred said.

At Freedom Sports, in Bourbong Street, a window was smashed but nothing was stolen.

Det Snr Sgt Hildred said an offender cut himself as he tried to steal from the store, but left empty-handed.

Capricornia Locksmiths and Security Services was possibly the worst affected — Det Snr Sgt Hildred said a piece of cement was thrown through the front window, causing about $1500 damage.

On Barolin Street, offenders kicked in a glass window at an auto repair shop, and at a Kendall Street car yard, a glass bottle was thrown at a vehicle’s windscreen, which also smashed.

The last reported attack came at the Jesus Christ Church of Latter Day Saints, in Bingera Street, where an apple was thrown through a window.

“The dog squad was called (to help track down the offenders), and followed a trail to McDonald’s, where further inquiries by police located a number of suspects,” Det Snr Sgt Hildred said.

“It was a pleasing result to track down people suspected to have information about the offences, within eight hours of them occuring.

“Our inquiries are continuing.”

An 18-year-old Bundaberg man has been charged with two counts of break and enter, and seven counts of wilful damage.

He is due to appear in Bundaberg Magistrates Court early next year.



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