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Burglary, Redlynch

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UPDATE | Seven people have been charged with 88 offences after a stolen vehicle was allegedly rammed into a Redlynch shopping centre on February 17.

Specialist police, detectives, the dog squad, and uniformed officers arrested a group of suspects in an alleged stolen car on Isabella Road at Edmonton at around 3pm yesterday.

Police will allege those taken into custody were involved in the incident at the Larsen Road, Redlynch shopping centre at around 3.40am yesterday morning where a stolen Hyundai station wagon was driven through the front doors and further used to gain entry to two businesses inside. Alcohol and cigarettes were stolen.

The Hyundai was stolen from a Sheridan Street car rental business on February 16 along with a Kia hatchback. Both vehicles have now been recovered.

It will be further alleged members of the group had various levels of involvement in a number of burglaries and vehicle thefts in the local area between February 13 and 17.

A 29-year-old man and an 18-year-old man both from Edmonton were charged with 17 offences including unlawful use of a motor vehicle, receiving tainted property, stealing, obstructing police, wilful damage, burglary and enter premises. The pair will face the Cairns Magistrates Court today.

A 26-year-old Gordonvale man was charged with four counts of enter premises, three counts of receiving tainted property and one count each of obstructing police and unlawful use of a motor vehicle. He is due in Cairns Magistrates Court today.

Two 16-year-old boys and a 16-year-old girl have been charged with offences including enter premises, receiving tainted property, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, unlicensed driving, burglary and obstruct police.

A 14-year-old boy was charged with stealing, obstruct police, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, unlicensed driving and receiving tainted property.

Investigations are continuing..

EARLIER | Detectives are investigating the burglary of two stores at a Redlynch Shopping Centre.

It is believed that at around 4.00AM on Monday, two masked people used a silver Hyundai Elantra SUV to smash their way into front glass doors of the Larsen Road shopping centre.

The pair have then exited the vehicle and smashed their way into a nearby liquor store and tobacconist, located within the centre.

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The pair subsequently stole a quantity of stock from inside both stores before fleeing in another vehicle later found dumped.

Investigators believe a third vehicle was also involved.

Detective Inspector Jason Smith said they are looking for at least three offenders who could be juveniles.

"At this stage, that could be a possibility, but we do have a cohort of offenders which are of a range of ages, anything up to their mid 20's, certainly there's offenders out there that are highly active and are in their teens" he said. 

Detective Inspector Smith is also concerned offences like this are on the rise across Cairns, but this one was more sophisticated than usual.

"This has involved a little bit more planning than what we normally see, it's actually quite some time since we've seen a ram raid type offence, and as investigators we're keen to see an end to it as soon as possible" he said.  

Detective Inspector Smith said if crimes like this continue in the city, shopping centres may have to think about adding further security measures.

"Police can only be in so many places at one time and we're doing our best to patrol those areas where there's the highest rate of offending but we can't be everywhere at once, definitely bollards would have prevented the offence in this case" he said.  

Investigations continue.

By Michelle Brewer