THREE people have been charged after allegedly stealing from flood affected communities in Queensland.
In a statement on Friday morning, the Queensland Police Service said the trio first came to the attention of officers after they were detected driving a stolen car in Longreach on Monday.
Investigations revealed they had also stolen fuel from a number of properties, including a service station at Winton.
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The trio was arrested by detectives from the rural division of the Longreach Major and Organised Crime Squad and charged with 10 offences between them.
Police said it should serve as a warning to anyone thinking of taking advantage of flood affected property owners.
“Following the unprecedented flood events…we will endeavour to assist producers in locating the owners of displaced stock,” a spokesperson for the Longreach Major and Organised Crime Squad said.
“The pain and suffering being endured by the hardworking people in the these rural areas is devastating.
“We will be taking a very dim view on anyone who has a dishonest intention regarding dealing with displaced stock.
“Working with local police, we will also prosecute to the full extent of the law, anyone taking advantage of victims or committing crimes in affected areas.”
You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.