Virginia Vehicle Thefts Lead to Multiple Arrests by North Brisbane Dog Squad

The Dog Squad Unit of the Queensland Police Service successfully tracked and apprehended several suspects involved in multiple vehicle thefts from a business in Virginia and other places in North Brisbane.



At approximately 9:10 p.m. on Sunday, the 19th of May 2024, officers noticed a suspicious white Audi Q7, equipped with allegedly stolen number plates, while patrolling the Stafford area. After keeping the vehicle under surveillance, the police deployed a tyre deflation device to stop the car as it travelled onto Southern Cross Way. 

Despite deflated tyres, the vehicle attempted to flee but eventually halted. The two male occupants attempted to escape on foot but were swiftly apprehended by the Dog Squad.

The stolen white Audi and three other vehicles—a black Mitsubishi ASX, a beige Toyota LC Military, and a white Toyota RAV4—had been reported stolen from a local business in Virginia between the 11th and 13th of  May. The latter three vehicles have not yet been recovered.

A 30-year-old man from Baringa was arrested and has faced multiple charges including unlawful use of a motor vehicle and possession of dangerous drugs. He is scheduled for a court appearance at the Brisbane Magistrates Court on the 19th of June.

Additionally, a 35-year-old man from Bellara was charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle and obstruction of police among other charges. He appeared before the Brisbane Magistrates Court on the 20th of May.

In a related incident that same night, a grey Toyota Hilux was stolen from Gordon Street in Gordon Park and later found abandoned in Deagon.

The Dog Squad traced the suspect to a nearby yard where an 18-year-old man from Chermside was arrested. He faces charges including breaking and entering and unlawful use of a motor vehicle and appeared in court on the 22nd of May.

Dog Squad
Photo Credit: QPS

The Queensland Police urge anyone with information about these incidents or the whereabouts of the missing vehicles to contact Policelink or report anonymously to Crime Stoppers. Your cooperation can help resolve these cases and prevent further criminal activities.



Reference numbers for these incidents are QP2400811329 and QP2400851899.

Published 2-June-2024

North Brisbane Police Unit Receives First Fuel Cell Propelled Vehicle in Southern Hemisphere

A special unit of the Queensland Police Service in North Brisbane has received the very first fuel cell propelled police vehicle in the southern hemisphere.



The car, a Nexo Hyundai, is the 14th electric vehicle for QPS and will service the North Brisbane Domestic and Family Violence Vulnerable Persons Unit, under the Domestic and Family Violence Vulnerable Command, which was established in March 2021. 

Deputy Commissioner Doug Smith said that the hydrogen-powered police vehicle will be a “valuable resource for this important unit” and it’s also a good example of improving QPS “modern policing service.”  

“This vehicle will be trialled for a period before evaluation, providing a valuable resource to this important unit,” Deputy Commissioner Smith said. .

Photo Credit: QPS 

“Joining our diverse fleet of existing modes of transport, we look forward to further opportunities to ensure our service is future-fit,” he added.

Meanwhile, Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carrol formed the Domestic and Family Violence Vulnerable Command to respond, prevent and investigate cases of domestic and family violence. The roles of this special unit include handling cases covering: 

  • Disability
  • Domestic and Family Violence
  • Elder Abuse
  • High Risk Teams
  • Mental Health
  • Police Referrals
  • Victims Assist Queensland (Police Liaison)
  • White Ribbon
  • Women’s Safety & Justice Taskforce

It comes as a case involving a Wavell Heights mum, who rammed her car onto her husband and his alleged mistress on Bagot Street, grabbed the headlines in early 2021. The husband and the woman with him suffered fractures and a dislocated finger. 

The defence said that their client had no records with the police and that she thought she was in a stable marriage for nine years. The woman involved was granted bail and she moved to Sunshine Coast, where her parents live. The court has ordered her not to contact her husband or the other woman, whilst the hearing was ongoing.



If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic and family violence, report it to police via triple zero (000)or the Policelink via 131 444 (24 hours, 7 days a week).

Warning Issued as Trailer Thefts Rise in Wavell Heights, North Brisbane

Wavell Heights trailer owners need to implement extra security amidst a rising number of trailer thefts in North Brisbane, the Queensland Police Service (QPS) has warned.



According to the authorities, the following areas were targeted by thieves in the last three weeks, stealing from trailers parked on the streets by unhooking the attachment and running off with the bounty from tradesmen or residents who store their tools and other equipment in the box.

SUBURBSTREET NAME
AscotAscot Street
BardonFletcher Parade 
BoondallAberdeen Parade
Bowen HillsCintra Road
ChermsideKingsmill Street
KeperraMarble Street
PaddingtonGreat George Street
ToowongFrederick Street
Wavell HeightsParkham Avenue
ZillmereJennings Street

The police said that the trailer owners should make it “as hard as possible” to unhook the attachment with a lock and chain, a wheel clap, or by parking the trailer inside a locked gate or garage to keep it out of sight from the thieves. 

Photo Credit: QPS

Owners should also remove any items inside the trailer so it won’t be an easy target. If possible, owners are also encouraged to invest in anti-theft alarms for storage and boxes or CCTV on their property. It would be wise to have a photograph of serial numbers of the tools and equipment for purposes of identification if lost. 

Wavell Heights and North Brisbane locals can help prevent this crime by reporting suspicious activities with QPS Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000 or at the official site



Seeing Eye Dogs Australia Need North Brisbane Residents Pet Carers

Are you a dog-loving Wavell Heights or North Brisbane resident with a secured yard? Would you be willing to take in a puppy for training with Seeing Eye Dogs Australia and Vision Australia for at least 15 months?



Seeing Eye Dogs Australia and Vision Australia are in need of pet carers who can become an important part of a puppy’s development and training as an animal who will help vision-impaired individuals once they mature.

The program is open to willing individuals who will temporarily welcome eight-week-old pups in their home and help them learn social skills to prepare them for their huge task ahead. The carers must also be willing to take the pup for basic training or group training, as needed.

Photo Credit: Seeing Eye Dogs Australia/Facebook

Seeing Eye Dogs defines puppy carers as someone who will:

  • Provide a loving home and to nurture a Seeing Eye Dogs puppy
  • Help to socialise them
  • Teach them basic skills such as toilet training, to sit, and to walk nicely on a lead

It would be an advantage for older puppies to have a carer who could take them for long walks and travel on public transport.

Vision Australia will provide pet carers with the puppy’s needs for a full year, such as food, veterinary care, collar, lead, and other essentials. The service company has six-month and modified training programs but slots are currently full.



To join, sign and submit the online form. If you know someone who might want to be a puppy carer but is not living in North Brisbane, they may send an email to Carer.Admin@visionaustralia.org for consideration. 

All applications will be evaluated, while properties will be inspected virtually.