Mackay man arrested, charged for theft of ATV
MACKAY police have arrested and charged a man for the brazen theft of an all terrain vehicle as a direct response to media coverage.
However, the vehicle is still missing.
CCTV footage played across print, broadcast and social media showed a man wanted for questioning after a break in at JG Centre on Peel street about 2.15am on Monday.
An unknown man was captured moving items from the front of the vehicle, starting it and then driving it through a display window.
Criminal Investigation Branch officer-in-charge Detective Senior Sergeant David Tucker said as a result of information received late yesterday detectives executed a search warrant on an Ooralea address.
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Officers located a man at the address, who was later arrested in relation to the theft.
He was charged with break and enter, wilful damage, high-range drink-driving and unlicensed driving, Det Snr Sgt Tucker said.
"It was a great result and we are very appreciative of the information we received from members of the public," Det Snr Sgt Tucker said.
Police are yet to recover the vehicle, worth $18,500 and Det Snr Sgt Tucker encouraged anything with information about it to come forward.
The man will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court at a date to be fixed.
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MACKAY detectives are asking the public to come forward if anyone has any information about a recently break and entry.
On Monday about 2.15am a man brazenly stole an all terrain vehicle (ATV) from a business by breaking in and driving the vehicle through a display window.
CCTV footage taken from JG Centre on Peel St showed the man in the showroom moving a number of items from between the front of the ATV and the showroom window, Detective Senior Sergeant David Tucker said.
The man then managed to start the vehicle, worth $18,500, and drove it through the front display window, Det Snr Sgt Tucker said.
The vehicle was last seen travelling north on Peel St towards Gordon St, he said.
"Police believe that anyone who knows this person will be able to identify him," Det Snr Sgt Tucker said.
The theft caused a considerable amount of damage to the premises and would have a substantial impact on the business, he said.
"He's clearly got no regard for the victim's property by callously driving the vehicle through the front window and causing this substantial damage," Det Snr Sgt Tucker said.
"He needs to be identified and put before the court.
"We ask that if you have any information regarding the person, the break in or the vehicle, that you contact crimestoppers."
Police are appealing to anyone that may be able to assist with their enquiries to phone Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000