Baseball bat-wielding residents make citizens’ arrest of teen gang ‘on a crime spree’ in their neighbourhood after raising the alarm on Facebook
- Three boys were spotted breaking into cars and casing homes in south Brisbane
- One concerned resident alerted the community’s Facebook message group
- Eight local men grabbed baseball bats and confronted the teenagers
- Queensland Police found stolen goods but released the boys without charges
Fed-up residents sprung into action to stop a group of teenage boys on a crime spree through their neighborhood.
Three boys, aged 13 and 14, were spotted breaking into cars and casing homes late on Thursday night at Logan Reserve in south Brisbane.
One concerned local spotted the teenagers on CCTV and alerted the community’s Facebook message group, 9NEWS reported.
Eight men grabbed baseball bats and confronted a group of teenagers on a crime spree in south Brisbane after a concerned neighbour messaged the community’s Facebook group
Killara Boulevard resident, Henry Stowers, said: ‘I was just playing a bit of Fortnite with my little cousins and then at midnight the page went off.’
Mr Stowers, and seven of his mates who were fed up with crime in the area, then picked up their baseball bats and found the boys a few houses away.
He approached the gang of teenagers after they had jumped a fence.
‘I walked up to them with the bat, they went straight to ground with their hands in the air,’ Mr Stowers said.
Mr Stowers said he did not use the steel bat on the boys and only brought it as a precaution.
‘They feared for their life, they started shaking and said they were never going to do this again. I guess if you saw eight boys around you you’d do the same thing,’ he explained.
Mr Stowers said the teenagers fell from the fence, causing one boy to suffer cuts and giving another minor bruises.
CCTV footage also captured the group being arrested by Queensland Police.
Officers searched the boys and found stolen wallets and a watch.
Queensland Police said the boys were released without charge and investigations were continuing.
The mother of one of the boys reportedly posted on Facebook that she thought her son was asleep in bed and said he had never been in trouble before.
Pictured: The three teenage boys, aged 13 and 14, were caught casing homes and breaking into cars. Queensland Police released them without charge and an investigation is ongoing