December 20 2014
– BUNDABERG police have charged a North Bundaberg man with a string of break and enter and burglary offences in relation to a spate of incidents in the Svensson Heights area over the past three weeks.
Jacob Murphy appeared in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday where he did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody.
He was charged with five counts of burglary and three counts of break and enters.
Criminal Investigation Branch officer in charge Detective Senior Sergeant Joe Hildred said detectives arrested the 19-year-old on Thursday.
“Detectives located a 19-year-old Bundaberg man in relation to a series of break and enters in the Svensson Heights areas over the last three weeks,” he said.
“Inquires by detectives revealed the man had recently been released from prison and shortly thereafter committed these offences.
“The man has been charged with eight break and enter offences in that Svensson Heights area.”
Det Snr Sgt Hildred said property targeted included mobile phones, iPad, wallets and cash.
He said it was a timely reminder for people to lock up their cars and properties
“We have a lot of visitors to the town and it’s very easy to become complacent around the Christmas period,” he said.
Snr Sgt Hildred said other advice to keep your property safe if you were going away included letting your neighbours know and having your bin brought in.
“If people are going away for a lengthy period, let police know,” he said.
“If you are just going up to the shops, make sure you lock up.
“We don’t want to see a spate of break and enters because people are being slack with their security.”
Murphy will face court again on January 19 next year.