Idle machinery makes mischief
Wednesday 07 September 2016
Thieves have stolen thousands of dollars worth of industrial equipment in the last month from mining related business across Central Queensland.
Police executed a search warrant at an address in Sarina last week and located around a tonne of copper wire, and three welding machines believed stolen from nearby businesses.
In Moranbah, police are looking for clues as to who may have taken 26 split system Fujitsu air-conditioners from an unoccupied miners camp on Belyando Avenue.
Given the number of air-conditioners taken and the fact that the camp has been closed for three years, police believe the thefts could have occurred over an extended period.
However, despite the crimes, spokesperson for the police Inspector Steve O’Connell says there is no evidence that the volume of equipment sitting around idle because of the downturn is making mining a particular target.
“We do not see any trend upwards of theft from mining and industrial related business,” he told Shift Miner.
“Ever since mining began in the 1970’s there has been opportunistic theft in the mining sector, but it’s never been substantial, and we do not see any change to that.
“In the Moranbah case, the shape of the complex meant that once inside the thieves could work relatively safely out of sight, so it probably happened over a number of months.
“It might have been made easier by the fact that after being shut for three years, security probably wasn’t as regular as it once was.
“But the whole enterprise might end up being for nothing, because as everyone knows, any electrical equipment that sits idle for three years can often develop problems.”
If anyone has information relating to the whereabouts of the air-conditioners or would like to claim the seized copper wire and welders, they should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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