Youths wreack havoc
RAMPAGING youths left a trail of destruction in their wake at the weekend, allegedly causing up to $10,000 damage to Warwick businesses and properties.
A Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) spokesman said an 18-year-old male was remanded in custody and would face court today.
He said a 15-year-old male would face Warwick Children's Court in February and was released under strict bail conditions, and another 15-year-old was interviewed yesterday and dealt with under the Juvenile Justice Act.
"All up there were eight counts of wilful damage, one of burglary and an assault this weekend in Warwick," the CIB spokesman said.
He said the onslaught started at McDonald's where a man was allegedly dragged out of his car and assaulted while his vehicle was vandalised.
HE SAID five businesses and properties were vandalised on Friday night, including the School of Total Education, the United Service Station, Cafe Jacqui's and B&K Motors.
"There were smashed windows and a car yard had windows smashed on two brand new cars," he said.
He said the damage was another blow for the businesses, some of which were affected by last year's flooding.
"They have just gotten back on their feet," he said.
"One of the window panes cost $1500 and the two new car windscreens could be $800 each.
"It's not unimaginable to think there could be $10,000 worth of damage done in a few hours."
The CIB spokesman said the three people were allegedly caught on CCTV and questioned at the weekend.
An ATM was also vandalised Friday night.
"It was a terrible night for Warwick," the CIB spokesman said.
He said police were aware of a local group of youths who are understood to have formed themselves into a gang.
"It's a small group of children in town ... basically they consider themselves a street gang," he said. "We are obviously aware of them and who is in it."
If you have any information call Warwick Police on 4660 4444 or phone Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.