Pursuit of stolen vehicles at Townsville

Police continue to investigate after a number of stolen vehicles were driven dangerously across Townsville today, impacting operations at the airport.

Just after 10am this morning a black Range Rover and Gold Nissan Navara ute that had been stolen on the weekend were seen travelling through Townsville in convoy committing a number of traffic offences, including a hit and run.

Police were called to Belgian Gardens at 10.00am following reports the occupants of the Range Rover tried to drag a woman from her vehicle in an attempt to steal it, however were unsuccessful.

A short time later around 10.15am the same Range Rover was involved in the theft of a white VW Amarok on Johnson Street, Mundingburra where the owner of the vehicle was threatened with a syringe.

Police then commenced a short pursuit of the Navara ute before terminating due to the manner of driving. A QG Air helicopter with police on board then began tracking the ute.

A number of tyre deflation device sites were established however the Navara evaded each of these locations.

QG Air was stood down from further involvement due to the risk of impacting on operations at the Townsville Airport and the Navara continued to be seen driving throughout Townsville.

Anyone who may know the Navara’s whereabouts (registration 771YBQ, similar to pictured) is urged to not approach the vehicle and call Triple 0. The ute was stolen from Castle Hill on October 20.

The Range Rover and the Amarok were located abandoned with the occupants having fled the scene.

Townsville District Criminal Investigation Branch have commenced dedicated operations (via the Property Crime Unit) to identify the offenders and prefer appropriate charges.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

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