Car thieves call police for help

TWO teenagers who stole a car from outside a Toowoomba residence on Tuesday night had called police for help after the car broke down leaving them in the dark at the side of the highway.

The girls, aged 18 and 16, allegedly broke into the house and stole property, including a laptop computer, mobile phone and keys to the car parked outside.

The pair took the car for a drive around Toowoomba while off-loading the stolen property before driving down the Range where the car broke down, leaving them at the side of the Warrego Highway.

One of the girls then used the stolen mobile phone to call 000, telling police they had been left in the middle of nowhere and needed help.

The teens, who were well known to police despite the 16-year-old giving a false name, were taken back to Toowoomba Police Station where they were charged with burglary, stealing and unlawfully using a motor vehicle.

The 18-year-old was bailed to appear in Toowoomba Magistrates Court on October 5 while the 16-year-old appeared in the Children's Court yesterday, having spent the night in custody.

Objecting to her bail application, prosecutor Sergeant Alison McKee told the court the teen was on bail for other serious offences and had been in breach of a curfew condition of bail by being out late at night, let alone committing offences.

Sgt McKee submitted the girl's family had no control over her and she had told police "she does what she likes when she likes against whoever she likes".

The girl's lawyer, Kevin Rose, told the court it was likely his client would plead guilty to the charges but he needed to take further instructions from her and asked that she be granted bail.

However Magistrate Damian Carroll refused bail and remanded the girl in custody to appear before Toowoomba Children's Court next week.


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