Detectives from the Far Northern District Stock And Rural Crime Investigation Squad (SARCIS) recently investigated the unlawful killing of a cow and other stealing matters on a cattle station at Greenvale/Lyndhurst.
The property owner discovered a number of their station vehicles had been driven and damaged and property from those vehicles had been stolen. The owner later discovered that one of his cows had been unlawfully killed and butchered.
Officer have charged a 21-year-old male with three counts of stealing and one count of injury to stock animal. The local man is expected to appear in the Charters Towers Magistrates Court on July 25.
SARCIS officers are reminding property owners to report any illegal activities on their properties, as often these minor offences lead to an escalation which can impact on their business, themselves and their families.
Plain Clothes Constable Simon Jackson is advising owners of the benefits of cameras, monitoring vehicles and property assets to assist with investigations should the worst occur on their properties.
“Cameras are the new locks,” Plain Clothes Constable Jackson said.
“If property owners can invest a small amount of money in cameras, it may assist police to prosecute offenders or hopefully deter offenders from damaging or stealing from properties in the first place.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.
For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 orPolicelink.qld.gov.au 24hrs a day.