Teens armed with a large axe carved a path of destruction across Toowoomba while police were hot on their heels. See the video showing their rampage.

Three boys armed with an axe and a stolen RAV4 carved a path of destruction across the city at the weekend, breaking into stores and stealing smokes.

From Saturday night and into Sunday morning they are alleged to have forced entry to the SPAR Tower Village shopping centre on Drayton Road, the Freedom Fuels Service Station on Alderley Street, a SPAR Express at the Uni Plaza on West Street, the SPAR Supermarket Southtown and the Friendly Grocer at Wyalla Plaza in Newtown.

Tower Village SPAR owner Saranya Nathan said the break in had set her business back several hours on Sunday.

“There was glass everywhere,” she said.

We couldn’t get our bread order ready or cook any hot food or chickens.”

The boys raided the smoke cabinet and the drink fridge at the SPAR Supermarket Southtown.

The boys raided the smoke cabinet and the drink fridge at the SPAR Supermarket Southtown.

CCTV from the Southtown SPAR break-in shows the teens smashed the glass door before chopping their way into the cigarette cabinet.

Two boys cleaned out the smokes while a third waited in a RAV4, stolen from a Kearneys Spring home that same night.

The boys took an estimated 25 cartons of smokes.

Toowoomba Detective Acting-Senior Sergeant John Cunningham said police had been hot on their heels.

Thanks to some very good police work they were caught that same night,” he said.

“Police have recovered most of the stolen property.”

The three boys aged 16, 15 and 15, appeared separately via the watch house before the Toowoomba Children’s Court on Monday and applied for bail.

Police objected to the bail applications of all three.

The 16-year-old, who is accused of driving the getaway car, was granted bail on the condition he lived with his mother in Rockville, had no contact with his two co-accused or witnesses and abided by a nightly curfew between 7pm and 7am.

He will return to court on September 9.

The two 15-year-old boys, who were each on bail for other charges, were refused bail and remanded in custody.

One will appear back in the same court on August 19 when he was due to answer to other charges while the other had his matters adjourned to September 9.

The 16-year-old girl was released with a caution.

Extracted in full from: Toowoomba crime: teen charged over Freedom Fuels, SPAR burglaries | The Chronicle

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