Police locate stolen goods

FOUR men have been charged over the theft of nearly half a million dollars worth of construction scaffolding after a joint operation by Warwick and Toowoomba police at the weekend.

Around $300,000 worth of the equipment was discovered during the execution of a search warrant on a Goomburra property north of Warwick on Saturday, with more found later in Toowoomba.

A spokesman for the Warwick Police Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) said the high-rise scaffolding had been brought into Queensland from New South Wales on Friday on a semi-trailer and a B-double, with most of it deposited at the property on Goomburra Road.

The owner of the property is understood to have been unaware the scaffolding was stolen and has not been charged in relation to its theft.

“The equipment was obtained under false pretences by an individual purporting to be the chief executive of a company, who intended to sell it on,” the CIB spokesman said.

“A total of four men, all residents of New South Wales, have been charged with stealing and with bringing stolen property into Queensland.”

The co-accused, aged 60, 47, 31 and 25 will appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court this morning.

The CIB spokesman said a hired forklift used to unload the heavy-duty scaffolding was also located at the Goomburra property.

“The owner of the scaffolding travelled from New South Wales to identify it at the weekend and transport it back,” he said.

“Some of the equipment is still outstanding, with investigations continuing.”

In other crime news, a number of juveniles have been cautioned by police acting on information from the public in relation to a series of break and enters at Killarney the week before last.

The CIB spokesman said the Killarney Showgrounds and Recreation Centre, and Killarney Co-op, were broken into between July 8 and 12 with a large quantity of cigarettes and alcohol, along with food items, being removed.

Police have also charged two males over break and enters at the Warwick Tennis Association and Warwick East State School on Fitzroy Street in May.

“One man has been charged with breaking and entering and stealing and another male with receiving stolen property,” the spokesman said.

“They will both appear in court on July 27 and these offences are still under investigation.”

He said a number of thefts in Warwick in recent times had resulted from “a little bit of lax security” on the part of householders.

“It's a timely reminder to everyone to ensure their property is adequately secured when they go out during the day or for the evening,” he said.

“We just urge people to do everything they can to make it as hard as possible for would-be burglars to gain access to their premises.

“Make sure all windows and doors are shut and locked and it's always a good idea to leave a light on in the house, as it tends to make these people think someone is at home.

“Vehicle security should not be overlooked either – we had one recent instance of a vehicle being stolen after the key was found in the ignition.”

Got information on local crime? Call the Warwick Police on 4660 4444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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