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Witnesses help police catch Cairns car thieves

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Five boys have been charged by police after a member of the public confronted them in a stolen vehicle in Cairns.

It will be alleged on Wednesday, June 22 a Mazda CX-3 station wagon was stolen from a Cairns North address.

Around 3:40pm on Thursday, police received a report that the vehicle had been sighted stopped in traffic on Scott Street at Bungalow.

It's alleged that a scuffle broke out when two witnesses tried to remove the teens from the car, before all five juveniles fled the scene.

Police arrived on scene a short time later and with information from members of the public took all five juveniles into custody.

A 17-year-old Westcourt boy has been charged with ten counts of stealing, five counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, four counts of unlicenced driving and one count each of possession of a knife in a public place, fraud and burglary.

A 15-year-old Bentley Park boy has been charged with three counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and one count each of unlicenced driving and stealing.

Both will appear in the Cairns Childrens Court today.

A 15-year-old Edmonton boy has been charged with six counts each of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and burglary, two counts of unlicenced driving and one count of stealing.

A 16-year-old Edmonton boy has been charged with four counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and one count each of burglary, assault, receiving tainted property and stealing.

Both will appear in the Cairns Childrens Court on June 29.

A 16-year-old Gordonvale boy will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act for one count of unlawful use or a motor vehicle.