Renee Pilcher

Police keep an eye on stealing shoppers ahead of Christmas

WARWICK police will set up a series of patrols around Rose City Shoppingworld as concerns rise about shoplifting leading into Christmas.

A 45-year-old Warwick woman, who allegedly shoplifted from four stores at Rose City Shoppingworld last Tuesday, is due to appear in the Warwick Magistrates Court next Wednesday.

A 17-year-old Warwick man was also charged with one shoplifting offence after he allegedly stole from the Warwick Hotel.

"Shoplifting is something we think is becoming more of a problem," Warwick Acting Snr Sgt Officer in Charge Lisa Self said.

"As a result we'll have extra patrols around the Rose City Shoppingworld precinct.

"All shops have CCTV so our message to anyone thinking of shoplifting is there's a very good chance you will be caught.

"You may not be caught straight away, but with CCTV it's pretty easy to find who did it."

In other crime news a 19-year-old Warwick man is due to appear in the Warwick Magistrates Court on January 7 after being charged with mid-range drink driving in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The man allegedly recorded a 0.11 reading after police intercepted him on the corner of Albion and Condamine Sts due to complaints about his driving.

It was not the only drink driving offence of the week.

The 38-year-old male driver of a vehicle intercepted in Mill St, Stanthorpe, on Saturday afternoon is due to face the Stanthorpe Magistrates Court after recording a blood alcohol reading of 0.125.

A 23-year-old man is due to appear before the Stanthorpe Magistrates Court, charged with unlicensed driving and driving without due care and attention after a traffic crash on Saturday night involving two parked vehicles and his own.

Meanwhile in Stanthorpe, four people have been charged with drug offences in the area during the past week.

A 21-year-old Boronia Heights man received drug diversion after he was found to be in possession of a quantity of cannabis during a routine vehicle stop in Ellwood Rd on Tuesday evening last week.

A 19-year-old man was charged with possessing dangerous drugs after cannabis was located concealed in the vehicle on New England Highway Applethorpe the following afternoon.

Routine foot patrols at a local motel led to the arrest of a 26-year-old male tourist after he was observed trying to conceal a quantity of cannabis. Another overseas tourist, a 27-year-old man, was charged with possessing a drug after being located in parkland off Rose Street Stanthorpe on Sunday afternoon.

Stanthorpe police are investigating an assault complaint in relation to an incident that took place at The Central Hotel on Saturday night.

The complainant was allegedly assaulted on two separate occasions by two separate offenders.

Stanthorpe police request residents remain vigilant with property security as offenders target insecure vehicles, sheds and houses.

Any suspicious behaviour should be reported to Stanthorpe Police immediately on 46816400.

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