'Vultures' circling the floods

A FURTHER report of looting has disgusted proud Ipswich residents who have spent the last week working hard to rebuild the city.

Good Year Tyres owner Phillip Green said thieves forced entry to his flood-affected business on the corner of Brisbane Street and Wharf Street on Friday or Saturday.

While it was unknown if they'd stolen tyres or rims, the offenders definitely took tools worth several thousand dollars.

“It's a pretty average thing to do,” Mr Green said of the looting.

It was a kick in the guts to add to the pummelling that the CBD business had already taken with last week's flooding, which reached a height of about 5.5m and almost completely covered the building.

Other cases of looting were reported at the Indian grocery store, about 100m up the hill on Brisbane Street and at the Weeroona Hotel.

Police have charged three people over the alleged looting at Goodna's Weeroona Hotel and they will appear in court next month.

Several unconfirmed reports have also been received from flood-affected suburbs in Ipswich, usually involving people picking up discarded or lost items off the street.

Police issued a statement last week reinforcing that fact that property dislocated by flooding was not abandoned property and was not available to be collected or removed by anyone other than the lawful owner.

As flood victims return to their houses and the clean-up begins, police have also warned of scams taking advantage of vulnerable people.

Deputy Commissioner Ian Stewart said “the vultures” had come out and there were several scams operating throughout the state.

One of those, he said, involved trade workers arriving at a residence, demanding cash up-front for cleaning services, then leaving once they received money.

Another involved scammers ringing flood victims, claiming to know the best way to take advantage of government grants, before requesting bank details.



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