By HARRY CLARKE
POLICE have charged six people over a brazen robbery earlier this month at the construction site of a major wind farm on Queensland’s Western Downs.
A work ute, power tools, computer equipment, rolls of copper and other paraphernalia including a coffee machine and a packet of Tim Tams were stolen under the cover of darkness from the Dulacca Wind Farm site on June 1.
It’s understood some items have since been recovered, while the Toyota Hilux ute (similar to that in the picture below provided by police) was found burnt out in the nearby town of Miles.
A three-week investigation involving police from Dulacca, Miles, Chinchilla, the Dalby CIB and the rural crime squad has now led to five men and one women between the ages of 21 and 27 being charged with a raft of offences.
The charges include break and enter, stealing, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, possessing tainted property and, as a result of police executing a search warrant, drugs charges.
The alleged offenders are local to the Miles and Chinchilla area.
The Caller was told the alleged intruders spray painted security cameras and disconnected the CCTV system to avoid detection, breaking open locks on doors, gates and shipping containers used to store equipment.
Amid suspicions that the robbery was allegedly an inside job, the Caller can confirm the alleged crooks worked for a local fence building business which had been contracted by the company building the wind farm.
The six people charged will appear in court next month. Police said additional charges are possible as their investigations continue.