Northern Territory night of terror: Top end menaced by a spate of carjackings, break-ins and ram raids
- Several incidents took place in the NT
- They included carjackings and break-ins
- One incident saw a family lose their car
The NT suffered another night of terror on Saturday after a spate of carjackings, break-ins and ram raids.
Police said several incidents took place between 10:30pm Saturday and 5am on Sunday in Palmerston and in the Darwin area.
In one, a man, 39, carjacked a family car at a petrol station, kicking them out before fleeing with their car.
He allegedly drove in the wrong direction and collided with another car before eventually getting caught by cops.
Meanwhile, five to eight people are said to have been involved in incidents, allegedly stealing three vehicles.
They are also accused of five break-ins and one attempted break-in.
In one, a man, 39, carjacked a family car at a petrol station, kicking them out before fleeing with their car
Businesses targeted included petrol stations, licensed venues and commercial premises.
They group, all believed to be young adults, are currently hunted by cops.
One of the businesses targeted was a supermarket. A vehicle crashed into the building in a ram raid.
Extra officers have been sent to Darwin to support their investigation.
NT Police Commander Daniel Bacon said it had been a particularly bad night for property crime.
‘This is quite disgusting and selfish behaviour, by the individuals committing these crimes,’ he told ABC.
Police in the state say several incidents took place between 10:30pm Saturday and 5am on Sunday in Palmerston and in the Darwin area
‘The behaviour of these particular individuals is not only putting their own lives at risk, but also the lives of other road users across the Northern Territory as well.’
Earlier this month, NT police revealed a drop in domestic violence calls, property offences and alcohol-related violence after the introduction of stricter alcohol laws in the territory.
However, a 20-year-old worker was stabbed to death at a Darwin bottle shop last month, prompting more calls for action to tackle crime in the NT.
In January nationwide coverage of the crime wave led to Mr Albanese visiting the territory.
He pledged funding to tackle crime, including $25 million for community services, $2 million for the Tangentyere Women’s Council, $2 million for high visibility police operations and $2 million for extra lighting and street lamps for the area.
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