'Sling shot gang' targets homes

BART Simpson and Dennis the Menace use them regularly, and now it would seem a group of Warwick thugs are, too.

Dubbed ‘the sling shot gang’, a group of offenders roam Glennie Heights when the sun goes down and target buildings with their devices.

A number of homes and a building at Slade campus have had windows broken in a spate of attacks which began last Saturday.

Warwick police senior sergeant Stewart Day said police suspected a sling shot was used in the attacks.

“A number of windows in living areas of private residences have been smashed,” he said.

“Those include a house on Matthews St, Weewondilla Rd, the scout den on Matthews St and a building at Slade School.

“We don’t believe it was someone throwing rocks – we believe it was through an instrument, as (the rocks) must have gone through at a high velocity.”

The windows were smashed at varying times each night.

Snr Sgt Day said while no-one had been injured in the window attacks, police were still concerned for residents’ safety.

“There is the potential for someone to be in the lounge room and, with a rock coming through and with broken glass, people could be injured,” he said.

“(As a result) police have increased patrols in that area.”

While police are still investigating the incidents, Snr Sgt Day issued a warning to the offenders.

“(Offenders) would be charged with wilful damage to property and, depending on their age, will appear before court,” he said.

“If they injure somebody, they can be charged with assault or injuring persons.”

Anyone who has seen someone acting suspiciously in the Glennie Heights area during the past week is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Warwick police on 4660 4444.



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