Police Tracks Stolen Vehicle, 3 Juveniles Arrested in Clayfield Incident

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Law enforcement agencies successfully tracked and apprehended three juvenile suspects involved in the alleged theft of a black Mercedes. The incident unfolded in the Clayfield and Ascot areas, following a collaborative effort between aerial and ground units.

The chain of events began on Friday, 18 Aug 2023, at 10:50 p.m. when Polair, the Queensland Police Service’s airborne support unit, initiated the tracking of a black Mercedes believed to be stolen. The vehicle was reported missing from Mein Street in Hendra, approximately 48 hours earlier, on Thursday, 17 Aug. 

Polair’s advanced tracking capabilities guided police officers on the ground as the stolen Mercedes navigated through the M1 northbound and the intricate backstreets of Clayfield and Ascot. The pursuit led the authorities to Dublin Street in Clayfield, where the vehicle came to a stop. At this point, three young males were spotted leaving the vehicle and entering nearby residential properties.

Responding swiftly, multiple police units, including the dog squad, converged on the area. Two of the suspects were successfully apprehended at the intersection of Liverpool Street and London Road in Clayfield. However, the third youth reportedly managed to evade capture by driving away in the stolen Mercedes.

The pursuit continued as law enforcement officers engaged the fleeing vehicle. Utilising strategic measures, the police executed a successful tire deflation device deployment along the Inner City Bypass. This led to the immobilisation of the stolen Mercedes and the subsequent arrest of the driver.

The Queensland Police Service said the detained individuals were male juveniles. A 16-year-old from Cherbourg was charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle and attempting to enter the dwelling with intent at night. His case is set to be heard in the Murgon Children’s Court.

Additionally, a 16-year-old from Wynnum West is facing charges of entering a dwelling with intent to commit an indictable offence, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, and attempting to enter the dwelling with intent at night. His case is scheduled to appear in the Brisbane Children’s Court.

The third suspect, a 15-year-old from Pallara, was charged with entering a dwelling and committing an indictable offence, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, and driving without a driver’s license. His appearance in the Brisbane Children’s Court is expected at a later date.

As investigations continue, law enforcement authorities are urging anyone with information related to the incident to come forward. Tips and leads can be submitted through the online suspicious activity form on the Queensland Police website or by calling 131 444. Individuals wishing to provide anonymous crime information can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au.

Published 23-Aug-2023