Stolen car used in theft getaway
CONFINED to a wheelchair, one Warwick man’s car is a symbol of independence but his beloved Holden was stolen which led to two men being arrested by police yesterday.
The elderly man and his wife’s red Commodore usually frequents Warwick grocery shops but was stolen from the family’s garage during the early hours of yesterday morning.
“We’re trusting people and left the keys in, we’ve done that for years,” the man said.
“We didn’t realise it was missing until the police knocked on the door about 8.30am to say it was in a ditch on Willi Street.
“The police did a fantastic job – so quick and helpful.”
A Warwick Police Criminal Investigation Branch spokesman said two Warwick men were arrested for using the car as a getaway vehicle for a hotel break-and-enter and stealing petrol.
“Two men aged 20 and 21 were arrested for unlawful use of a motor vehicle, stealing and entering a premises with intent,” the spokesman said.
“They filled the vehicle with fuel from the Caltex service station and have driven off without paying, then broken into a hotel and stolen Bundaberg rum and vodka.
“About 6am yesterday they’ve lost control on Willi Street in front of Eden Gardens (lawn cemetery) and gone into a ditch. They took off on foot.”
Rose City residents are reminded to lock their vehicles after two vehicle were also broken into at Cinema Heights Monday night.
“Three people were charged in relation to that offence but the cars were all unlocked,” the spokesman said.