Man charged, three sports club break-ins still unsolved
Three damaging break and enters of sports clubs in the Mackay region over the past two weeks remain unsolved.
Investigations into the separate incidents, which police are treating as unrelated, are continuing as charges were filed against a man in relation to a fourth.
Police allege a 27-year-old Mackay man smashed a window and got inside the Mackay City Bowls Club in the early hours of January 7.
The man was charged with break and enter, and appeared before Mackay Magistrates Court on January 20.
A police spokesman said there was no indication the break and enters at the four sporting clubs were connected, but investigators were “keeping an open mind” as they run down inquiries.
Detectives are yet to solve the devastating ram-raid at Wests Leagues Club on Wednesday, January 6, during which thousands of dollars in damage was done at the Walkerston centre.
A man in a stolen Toyota HiLux ute repeatedly reversed into the club through the front doors in an attempt to get to the ATM inside.
No cash or property was taken, and the HiLux ute was later recovered.
Investigations are also ongoing into the break and enters at the Sarina Bowls Club and Mackay Golf Club in the early hours of January 16.
A cleaner disturbed an intruder at the Sarina club about 5.15am Saturday, during which a man connected three extension cords to a neighbouring shed to use a large cutting wheel and get into the ATM.
A black dual cab ute reported stolen to police was seen leaving the scene.
The same morning, a man broke into the Mackay Golf Club in Beaconsfield before he was disturbed by a worker and fled.
The man stole a golf buggy and later crashed it into a sand bank before fleeing on foot.
He is yet to be located.
A police spokesman said the break-ins did not appear to be connected.
Anyone with information is urged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Policelink on 131 444.