WATCH: Teen girl, man arrested in stolen car pursuit

 

A TEENAGE girl and a man, believed to be linked to Monday's crime spree, are in custody.

Police pursued the pair in a stolen Peugeot, with the pursuit ending in Geoffrey Court, Rasmussen.

The man was injured and taken to hospital.

A teenage girl and a man have been arrested after they were pursued by police in a stolen Peugeot. The pursuit ended at Geoffrey Court, Rasmussen.
A teenage girl and a man have been arrested after they were pursued by police in a stolen Peugeot. The pursuit ended at Geoffrey Court, Rasmussen.

More than 20 cars have been stolen in just a week, police figures show.

An analysis of the Queensland Police Service crime map reveals 22 vehicles have been stolen across the Townsville district - which spans to the Burdekin and to the west - since October 16.

Townsville city recorded its biggest spike in car thefts on Sunday, when five were stolen.

On Monday, when offenders in stolen cars were driving dangerously across city streets in a crime spree that lasted for hours, four cars were stolen.

On Tuesday, three stolen cars were reported stolen, while already today there have been two, according the figures.

All but three cars were stolen in Townsville.

In that same time there were 74 reported break-ins across the Townsville Police District, figures show.

It comes as a pair of 12-year-olds were taken into custody overnight in Vincent over a stolen car and are being dealt with under the Youth Justice Act.

The car, a white Kia, was stolen from Aitkenvale.

Police have confirmed an 11-year-old boy taken into custody late yesterday afternoon over Monday's crime spree, in which several stolen cars were driven dangerously through the city, and charged with property offences.

A 13-year-old boy has also been arrested and is assisting police with inquiries.

The four children were arrested as part of Operation Romeo Seville.

This operation will incorporate the resources of the Townsville District with the support of State Crime Command, State Intel and Operations Support Command.

Operation Romeo Seville will be an intelligence based place and case strategy, targeting known repeated offenders and emerging high risk crime areas.

 

Queensland Police Minister Mark Ryan said there would be an “escalated” police presence in Townsville as police launch Operation Romeo Seville. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)
Queensland Police Minister Mark Ryan said there would be an “escalated” police presence in Townsville as police launch Operation Romeo Seville. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

 

Police Minister Mark Ryan said in parliament people in Townsville will "see an escalated police presence out on the streets".

"Monday's events will not be tolerated. Supporting the operation are the State Flying Squad, State Intelligence and Road Policing Command," he said.

"Townsville District resources will include the Rapid Action Patrols unit, Tactical Crime Squad, Property Crime Squad, Criminal Investigation Branch, Child Protection and Investigation Unit and General Duties Officers."

Where cars have been stolen from

ANOTHER eight cars have been reported stolen by police across Townsville.

There were four cars stolen on Tuesday night, including two from Castle Hill, making it the suburb most targeted by car thieves.

A white 2012 Peugeot 308 station wagon with the licence plate 933 SXK and a gold 2007 Peugeot 307 station wagon with the licence plate 572 LCZ were stolen from Castle Hill.

A silver Nissan Navara ute with the licence plate 087 HDO was stolen from Wulguru while a red Mazda 2 sedan with the licence plate 082 XWT was stolen from Condon.

Cindy Collinson said she was "nearly T-boned" by the duel cab after it ran a red light before driving dangerously past Ignatius Park College and Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School in Cranbrook.

The Mazda was seen driving at speed on Ross River Rd, Forest Ave and Fulham Rd.

Other stolen cars include a white Honda Civic (341 XVW) taken from Kirwan, a blue Holden Calais (066 XUF) taken from the city, a silver Toyota Corolla (470 GLF) taken from Gulliver and a grey Nissan Patrol (586 ZBR) taken from Ayr.



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