Trio to face court for looting
REPORTS of looting in flood-affected communities has sickened those directly affected by the disaster or working hard in the clean-up.
Three people will appear at Ipswich Magistrates Court facing charges of stealing by looting following an incident at Goodna’s Weeroona Hotel on Thursday, while unconfirmed reports of theft were also received from Minden and Karalee since the flooding took hold this week.
Two men and a female youth allegedly stole alcohol from the flood-affected Weeroona Hotel on the Ipswich Motorway.
A 17-year-old female and a 19-year-old man will appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court on February 24, while an 18-year-old man will appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court on February 3.
Yesterday, police received a report that a man in an unregistered car was seen driving along the streets of Karalee, stealing electrical appliances which had been left on the footpaths of flood-damaged homes.
It followed reports earlier in the week that people were seen looting the shops at the Minden crossroads.
It prompted police to remind the community that taking property not belonging to them is a criminal offence.
“It is an offence to steal anything that you find which is clearly dislocated as a result of flooding. Finding abandoned property and taking it is looting,” a spokesman said.
LNP Shadow Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie called for looters to be publicly “named and shamed”.
“It’s bad enough that flood-hit Queenslanders have to contend with the heartache of their losses,” Mr Bleijie said.
“No one needs to suffer the double whammy of having valuables stolen.”
Mr Bleijie said under the current criminal law, stealing by looting carried a maximum of 10 years’ imprisonment.
Meanwhile, police said reports of looting in Grantham were false. Entry to the devastated town remains restricted to authorised police, defence and emergency personnel.