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More than 20 people face car theft and burglary charges

OVER the past two month 24 young people from Murgon have been arrested and charged for a range of crimes, including car theft, break and enter, petrol drive-off and evading police.

Murgon Police Senior Sergeant Lance Guteridge said the offenders were aged between 11 to 19-years-old.

A number of these offenders remain in custody, in either juvenile detention centres or jail. Officers recovered seven stolen cars.

"We had a group of offenders who were going around stealing vehicles they were joyriding in," Snr Sgt Guteridge said.

"They used some of the vehicles to steal property from some hotels, they were involved in petrol drive-offs and some were involved in evading police."

At one point a Holden Commodore was allegedly stolen from Kingaroy and taken to Cherbourg, where it was recovered by police.

The original offenders then allegedly broke into a towing yard.

Snr Sgt Guteridge said the best thing residents could do to protect their cars was to secure their keys.

"When people are asleep these offenders are sneaking in and taking the keys from inside the house," he said.

Modern car security systems make it difficult to hot-wire engines.

"You really need the key to start them. If people put their keys in a safe place, that will greatly reduce the incident of these car thefts," Snr Sgt Guteridge said.

He is concerned about the offenders' young age.

"It's a timely reminder that parents should be aware of where their children are, it's been good fortune more than any thing else that no one was killed or injured as some of the driving was quite reckless," Snr Sgt Guteridge said.

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