Man accused of stealing $80,000 worth of property from flood victims

A MAN has been arrested and charged after allegedly stealing up to $80,000 worth of property from flood affected homes in Townsville.

The 57-year-old is accused of helping himself to leather lounges, chairs, dining suites, beds, fridges and washing machines over a three week period from February 1 to February 21.

Police were alerted to the man’s activities on Thursday after a member of the public allegedly spotted the man in the act, snooping through property at a house in Idalia.


Officers from Townsville’s Rapid Actions and Patrols squad swooped the scene and allegedly found the man in the front yard of a home on Summerlake Court.

The man was arrested and taken back to his home in Mount Louisa where police allegedly found a stockpile of stolen property inside a shipping container.

Police allege the estimated value of the stolen property is somewhere between $50,000 and $80,000.

Among the items recovered from the shipping container include 3 fridges, 5 washing machines, 12 lounges, several bicycles and lawn mowers, as well as a number of dining tables and chairs.

Police have released more than 70 images of the stolen property. To view the full gallery, click here.

The Mount Louisa man has been charged with two counts of stealing and is due to front Townsville Magistrates Court on March 22.

Extra police are patrolling the flood affected region and are urging people to stay away from affected streets unless they have a legitimate reason to be there.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.