Trio charged over Kingston motor vehicle burglaries

Two men and a youth have been charged over a series of motor vehicle burglaries in Kingston.

Yesterday Kingston CIB executed a number of search warrants in the Kingston area in relation the series of motor vehicle burglaries that occurred between 21-31 October.

A 17 year old youth was charged with the following:

36 x burglary

20 x stealing

1 x possess firearm

various other (drugs, relevant contravention) offences

He was bailed to appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court (Youth Justice division) at a later date.

A 21 year old man was charged with:

20 x burglary

12 x stealing

He was bailed to appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court on 2 December.

A 19 year old man charged with

18 x burglary

14 x stealing

breach of bail

He was detained and will reappear in the Hobart Magistrates Court at a later date.

An amount of property was recovered from the searches, and is in the process of being returned to the victims.

Sergeant Lee Carr said police were currently working to target offenders across the districts and are conducting additional patrols at times and locations where crime analysis shows vehicle offences are occurring.

“While we’re out there working hard to prevent and investigate crime, we also need the public’s help,” Sgt Carr said.

“Thieves want a quick and easy entry and will usually move on quickly if they find closed windows and locked doors,” he said.

“An open window, unlocked door or valuable items left in clear view are too much of a temptation for many offenders to ignore. Don’t extend that opportunity.”

Police tips for vehicle offence prevention:

  • Don’t leave valuables in sight. If your car looks empty thieves may not bother trying to break in.
  • Lock your car doors and make sure all the windows are up. Make it hard for thieves to enter.
  • Park your car in a driveway or well-lit area at night. Being easily seen may deter offenders.
  • Install a security device, such as an immobiliser, if your car is older than 10 years. Cars older than 10 years are easier to break into and easier to steal.

Information can be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at

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