Ice addicts blamed for spike in crime rates

CHRIS McMAHON, Townsville Bulletin July 26, 2016 7:59am

CRIMINALS hooked on ice are behind a relentless cycle of crime in Townsville – robbing homes, stealing cars and breaking into businesses to feed their addiction “night after night”, police say.

Property crime rates are skyrocketing with police revealing, from June 25 to yesterday, 88 cars were stolen, 194 homes broken into and 70 premises, such as schools and businesses, robbed.

During that period, officers arrested 75 people on a total of 170 charges, with the majority of those offenders (60) under the age of 17.

Detective Inspector Kelly Harvey said recent arrests had shown offenders were taking drugs before going on crime binges.

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