‘Nothing is worth a life’ says Murgon’s top cop
THREE kids approached Murgon residents at knifepoint in two separate incidents in just one week.
If residents find themselves in a similar situation in the future, Murgon officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Steven Stewart said their best option was to not engage with the offender.
“Don’t put yourself in danger, nothing is worth a life,” Snr Sgt Stewart said.
“I would suggest that you don’t interact with them, don’t try to disarm or be physical with them.
“Every situation will be different. Be aware if someone is armed, do not to engage with them.”
Two South Burnett teenagers were charged after a 61-year-old Murgon man was allegedly held at knifepoint and had his car stolen on Monday, October 14.
A 15-year-old Murgon boy was faces one count each of stealing, stealing a vehicle, obstruct police, driving unlicensed and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
A 14-year-old Cherbourg boy has also been charged with stealing and unlawful use of a motor vehicle in relation to the incident.
Four days later, on Friday, October 18, a 13-year-old girl allegedly produced a knife in the IGA carpark at 8pm and demanded the occupants of a car to surrender their vehicle.
The people got out of the car and the girl got in, however, she failed to start the car and allegedly fled the area on foot.
Police from the Murgon Child Protection Investigation Unit identified, found, arrested and charged the girl within half an hour of the incident.
Despite the recent offences, Snr Sgt Stewart said police had not identified a trend of weapons being used during offences in the area.
“It is not something that should be feared but something to be aware of, that someone could be armed,” he said.
Sgt Stewart said police would continue to prosecute residents who were in possession of knives without a reasonable excuse
“We will maintain our patrols and have targeted patrols around IGA to ensure similar offences don’t happen and continue to engage with people walking around town,” he said.