WANTED: Teens on the loose after crime spree
POLICE are urging residents to be vigilant with two juvenile suspects on the run after a spate of property crime around Gladstone.
Gladstone Police Sergeant Wayne Butcher said there had been a "massive increase" in theft from unlocked cars and motor vehicle stealing over the past three weeks.
This included three stolen vehicles, two of which were found burnt out.
Police are searching for two teenagers who could be responsible for about 30 offences and are believed to be in the Gladstone Region.
"It's just two juvenile offenders out of control," Sgt Butcher said.
Sgt Butcher said West Gladstone around Melefont St had been predominantly targeted but other suburbs had been hit.
"Now we are finding further and further it's stretching anywhere from South Gladstone into New Auckland area into Kin Kora," he said.
"So they're boundless from where they can go and what they're doing."
Sgt Butcher said the offenders were looking for "easy stuff they can hide in their pockets" such as cash, phones, tools, and even fishing rods.
"What they're doing is what they call 'creeping': go out at night time, slinking around, trying car doors," he said.
"If they can't get anything they go to the next car or door they think is a vulnerable entry.
"Mostly cars, a few houses here and there they've done as well."
Sgt Butcher said police conducted a search warrant on Tuesday and located a "large amount of stolen property linking a lot of these offences".
Police are gradually returning the property to the owners, Sgt Butcher said.
"If you don't lock your property you're at a high risk of losing property out of your motor vehicles, work vehicles especially, tools," he said.
"We want people to be vigilant that they are out and about.
"Most of the offences are occurring at night time.
"If they do see them, ring police straight away and we will try and locate them."
Sgt Butcher said those who were vulnerable, such as elderly residents and those who were concerned about whether their home was secure, could call the Gladstone Police station and ask for the district crime prevention co-ordinator.
"We can come round and do a safety order on your house just to see where you're at in relation to your security," he said.
Sgt Butcher said he believed the two suspects were being "looked after" by friends and family and had not yet come forward to police.
He said vehicles on streets and in open garages were more at risk than those in locked garages.
"Most of the vehicle breaks that have occurred are all vehicles on the street or on a front footpath driveway ... they just slink around in the dark and try a handle and go to the next one," Sgt Butcher said.
"We are up to about 30 offences that theses young offenders are looking at.
"It's out of control ... until such time as they're taken into custody the likelihood of them re-offending is high."
The suspects are described by police as being two males aged 15-16.
One has a slim build with long, dark hair and a tanned appearance.
The other has a solid build with long, brown, curly hair and a tanned appearance.
Call Crime Stoppers on 1800333000 or Policelink on 131444.