Ipswich detectives have charged two teenagers following investigations into an alleged ram raid at a Springfield Central shopping centre in the early hours of Sunday morning, November 3.
Police will allege a vehicle stolen from a Norfolk Street, Springfield Lake home in the evening of November 2 was driven into the roller doors of the Main Street shopping centre shortly before 1am Sunday.
Police will allege the vehicle, containing three males, crashed through the doors and came to rest inside the centre. The offenders then smashed their way inside a jewellery store using crowbars before smashing display cabinets and stealing jewellery.
Hearing the commotion, a 39-year-old female cleaner attended the scene and was allegedly confronted by one of the males who was holding a knife.
Three male contractors working nearby came to the woman’s assistance.
A brief struggle ensued between the three male offenders as the contractors tried to prevent them leaving in the stolen car. During this time, it will be alleged two of the contractors sustained non-life-threatening injuries – a 39-year-old Bellbowrie man sustained a small laceration to his arm and a 42-year-old Redbank Plains man sustained a single stab wound to his back. The third contractor, a 21-year-old Bellbowrie man was not injured.
The offenders fled on foot with police arriving and arresting a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old in the nearby vicinity.
A quantity of jewellery was located inside the stolen vehicle as well as scattered on the floor of the shopping centre.
A 16-year-old Kingston boy has been charged with child under 18 commit armed robbery (in company, using personal violence and wounding), enter premises with intent to commit indictable offence and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
An 18-year-old Logan Central man has been charged with armed robbery (in company, using personal violence and wounding), enter premises with intent to commit indictable offence and unlawful use of a motor vehicle. He is due to appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court this morning.
Police investigations are continuing.