Men charged with kidnapping giraffes from Gold Coast child care centre

3:20PM | TWO men accused of kidnapping two giraffes from a Gold Coast child care centre have been charged.

The two-metre-tall fiberglass giraffes, known as George and Charlie, were nicked from a child care centre on Jacobs Ridge Road at Ormeau over two separate nights in October and November.

Following a tip-off from the public, the giraffes were located at an address in Ormeau yesterday afternoon. They have since been returned to staff at the Ormeau child care centre.


A 22-year-old man and a 23-year-old man, both from Ormeau, were arrested and have since been charged with trespassing and stealing offences.

They will both face the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on 24 January 2017.

WEDNESDAY 10:20AM: TWO men are assisting police with their investigation into the bizarre theft of two giraffes from a Gold Coast child care centre.

The two-metre-tall fiberglass giraffes were kidnapped from the Ormeau centre on 3 October and 12 November.

After appealing for information and releasing CCTV footage of the thieves in the act, police received a tip-off from a member of the public on Tuesday afternoon.

The information led police to an address in Ormeau where they located the playground pets and two men, aged 23 and 22.

A police spokesperson this morning told myGC the two men were assisting investigators with their inquiries.

No charges had been laid at the time of writing.

TUESDAY: POLICE are searching for two offenders who allegedly broke into a childcare centre on the northern Gold Coast and kidnapped two giraffes.

The two-metre-tall fibreglass giraffes were nicked from the Jacobs Ridge Road child care centre at Ormeau during two separate break-ins in the last six months.

The first was stolen during the early hours of Monday 3 October; the second on Saturday 12 November.

In the first incident, police said thieves forced their way into an enclosed yard at the child care centre around 3:50am and removed a two-metre-high fiberglass giraffe.

“A utility has pulled up outside the fence and the giraffe has been loaded onto the tray,” police said.


Then, police allege the same thieves returned to the centre in the same utility around 1am on 12 November and stole the second giraffe.

“The giraffes are worth a substantial amount not only in monetary value but also emotionally, as children at the centre have named the giraffes and they were included in their outside play,” police said in a statement.

Both giraffes had been mounted to a concrete slab and were installed at the child care centre when it opened in February last year.

Police have released CCTV images of two men they believe can assist them with their investigation.

Anyone who recognises the men or has any information on the whereabouts of the stolen giraffes is urged to come forward and contact police, quoting crime report references QP1601863098 and QP1602136486.