Golf course bandits caught and charged
A TREASURE trove of items stolen from tourists travelling through the Maranoa was uncovered byMitchell police this week,after searching thehome of a couple alreadyknown to local officers.
Hundreds of dollars' worth of personal property had been taken from a number of golf caddies at Mitchell Golf Course on Friday night, where a majorstate competition hadbeen played earlier in the day, and upon investigation it was found the 23-year-old man and 20-year-old woman had also taken a golf buggy for a joyride.
Acting on reasonable suspicion, Senior Constable Kevin Corbett and fellow officers executed a search warrant on their residence and later charged the pairwith a total of 13 offences.
The 23-year-old man wascharged with seven offences, including four counts of stealing, one countof possessing drugutensils and unlawfuluse of a motor vehicle.
His partner in crime received six charges, including four counts of stealing and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
"We recovered a large proportion of what was stolen,” Mitchell officer-in-charge SergeantAdam Roberston said.
"The quantity itself wasn'tlarge but it was several hundred dollars' worth of alcohol and golf equipment.
"Senior Constable Corbett showed tenacity and diligence in getting the stolen goods back within 72hours of the offence and having two offenders charged.
"There were a lot of people here enjoying themselves and these peopletook advantage of others' expectation of goodwill.”