by staff writers
Police have had enough. Youthful black criminals some as young as 13 are stealing late model cars from homes in Cairns at the rate of five a week.
The latest victim had his hire car, a Mitsibushi ASX, as well as his wallet and credit cards stolen from a relative’s Bentley Park residence.
The four teenagers in the stolen ASX then pulled up alongside a marked police car at Aeroglen, where officers were attending an accident. A stolen Nissan Micra had crashed into a police car after police deployed a tyre deflator. Four youths aged between 16 and 18 were detained by the dog squad.
The teenagers in the ASX openly taunted the officers, knowing they were unable to take any action, due to the Police Department’s no-pursuit policy.
The four youths, aged between 13 and 16, reportedly from the nearby coastal Aboriginal settlement of Yarrabah, soon after rolled and crashed the Mitsubishi hire car in Yarrabah.
They remain in hospital under police guard.
The day before black juvenile offenders, stole a luxury Lexus sedan and crashed it at Earlville after its 15 year old driver taunted police officers.
The hapless tourist who hired the ASX, Shane McCauley, of Toowoomba, now faces an insurance excess charge of $4000 because the car was written off.
He said the black youths had turned his happy family vacation into a nightmare.
“The financial burden it has put on us. We came up here on holidays and it has turned out to be a nightmare,” Mr McCauley told the Cairns Post.
“It wouldn’t bother me not to come back to North Queensland again.
“What a shit hole to put it bluntly.
“If I had a hammer I’d break their kneecaps.
“It would have been nice if the cops rang me. I haven’t got a no-pursuit policy.
“The magistrates really need to crack down on this.”
Cairns News in the past has reported several extremely contentious issues with Police Union president Ian Leavers, but at last he has come out in support of completely disillusioned Cairns police officers who have been doing their best to clean up the substantial element of indigenous offenders which have been giving law-abiding Aborigines a bad name.
Mr Leavers received a lot of public support for coming out to can fixed speed cameras which he said were doing nothing towards the road toll and were merely “revenue raisers.”
He also ridiculed the department’s no-pursuit policy.
Cairns News fully supports Mr Leavers on these vital issues but could never share his opinion that only police officers should be allowed to own guns.