Six juveniles have been arrested and charged with a total of 50 charges over the weekend, with the likelihood of more to come.
Between 6am on Friday, July 5 and 6am on Monday, July 8, there were 15 reported offences of vehicles being broken into and in the majority of cases, property being removed.
Whilst this number is unusually high, surprisingly, only one vehicle out of the 15 was unlocked at the time of the offence.
District Crime Prevention Coordinator Sergeant Whitney Lacy said that by heeding to police's repeated home and security advice, residents are making it more difficult for offenders to commit opportunistic crimes.
"This really is a credit to the Mount Isa community," Sergeant Lacy said.
"It appears that unfortunately, offenders have now resorted to damaging vehicles to gain access.
"Remember to keep valuables out of sight, or remove them from your vehicles completely and where possible, move your vehicles off the street and away from dark, unlit areas."
Further to the vehicle breaks, police allege that at around 11.30pm on Saturday July 6, a group of five boys attended a West Street motel and attempted to gain entry to the reception area, by using a rock to damage a window.
Fortunately, their attempts were unsuccessful.
Further, between 11.30pm on Saturday, July 6 and 12am on Sunday, July 7, a group of boys attempted to gain entry into an aquatic centre by kicking at the front door.
They were once again, unsuccessful.
It is further alleged that at around 6pm on Sunday, July 7, a group of boys entered a machinery holding yard on Marian Street and once inside, located a railway spike and smashed the cabin windows of a piece of industrial machinery.
Of these 18 offences, 12 have been solved and investigations continue into the outstanding incidents.
As a result, a 14-year-old Townview boy has been charged with 11 counts of enter premises.
A 17-year-old Townview boy has been charged with 10 offences including six counts of enter premises, supply dangerous drugs, recieved tainted property, possess utensil and possess property suspected of being stolen.
A 15-year-old Townview boy has been charged with 10 counts of enter premises.
A 14-year-old boy from The Gap has been charged with nine offences including two counts of obstruct police, serious assault of a police officers, enter premises, wilful damage, stealing, trespass, possess utensil and possess thing.
A 14-year-old Townview boy has been charged with five offences including two counts of enter and commit, two attempted enter with intent and enter with intent.
A 14-year-old boy from The Gap has been charged with four counts of enter premises by break and one count of stealing.
They will all be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act.
Detective Senior Constable Jacob Lacy of the Mount Isa Property Investigation Squad said he would like to thank members of the Mount Isa community for their assistance in the timely reporting of these matters.
"Remember, if you do happen to fall victim to a break of either your vehicle or home, be mindful of touching handles, window frames etc, as doing so can contaminate potential evidence left behind by the offender," Detective Senior Constable Lacy said.
Please do not resort to posting on social media pages, before the offence has been reported to police.
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