Moree police kept busy with commercial break-ins and vehicle theft

POLICE are appealing for information from the public following break-ins at two Moree businesses earlier this week.

A suspected stolen quad bike was used by the unknown offenders to gain entry to a business in Balo Street around 10pm on Monday.

The vehicle was driven into the street access of the building causing considerable damage however no property was stolen.

A short time later Police identified a second incident at a business in Amaroo Drive.

A quantity of alcohol was stolen by the offenders.

Crime scenes have been established by Barwon Local Area Command and investigations are continuing.

Barwon Local Area Commander, Superintendent Paul McDonald said “this is the second spate of commercial break-ins in as many weeks”.

“Whilst Police are employing a number of strategies to identify these offenders they also need the assistance of the community particularly to identify where these motorbikes are being stored and who is riding them,” he said.p001

“Whilst we appreciate that coming forward may be intimidating consider the victims of these crimes and put yourselves in their shoes.

“We know that there are people in the community that know who these offenders are and we want you to come forward,” he said.

“Residents are reminded that Moree Police are available 24 hours a day – do not wait till the morning to report incidents of crime of suspicious activity in your area,” Superintendent McDonald said.

Police are also appealing for information from the public to assist in their investigation in relation an overnight vehicle theft.

Sometime on Wednesday night thieves stole a silver Toyota Land Cruiser tabletop 722WVM (QLD rego) and yellow Can-Am quad bike from outside a Moree residence.

Earlier this week Police recovered Yamaha and Honda quad bikes and while the owner of the Honda quad bikes have been identified Police are still seeking the owner/s of the Yamaha.

“It is common knowledge that locations are being targeted due to the presence of trail and quad bikes. Many of the offenders are juveniles who are inexperienced and riding without proper safety equipment at high speed. Police have concerns as to the safety of the riders and members of the public,” Superintendent Paul McDonald said.

“It is not just the theft of the trail bikes that is the issue but also that the offenders riding the bikes pose a significant risk to themselves and others. This is a dangerous act and one that is likely to lead to serious injury or possibly even death for those involved.”

Police recommend that owners of motorcycles and quad bikes take the necessary steps to ensure that their vehicles are adequately secured. Ensuring that keys to the vehicles are removed from the ignition and other locking devices such as disks locks, kill switches and/or steering locks are in place.

Anyone with information about vehicle thefts in the Moree area should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:

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