Animal activists charged for piggery and chicken theft

Charges laid for unlawful entry and theft on farm at Pittsworth and Warwick

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As part of Operation Romeo Ruck, detectives from Toowoomba and Forest Hill MOCS Rural have charged a further six people with trespass on farms.

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Police from the State Crime Command's Major and Organised Crime Squad (Rural) have charged a further six people involved in trespassing incidents at agricultural locations at Pittsworth and Warwick last year.

"These outcomes demonstrate the ongoing commitment by the squad to the primary production industry, particularly to ensure the integrity of the supply chain and maintain its biosecurity," Detective Inspector Troy Pukallus of MOCS (Rural) said.

As part of Operation Romeo Ruck, detectives from Toowoomba and Forest Hill MOCS Rural attended several addresses across South East Queensland on August 3-4 charging six people with 11 offences, including:

  • A 30-year-old Everton Park man with two counts of enter with intent to commit indictable offence (Stealing) due to appear at Toowoomba Magistrates Court on August 31.
  • A 23-year-old Everton Park woman with one count of enter and commit indictable offence (stealing) due to appear due to appear at Toowoomba Magistrates on August 31.
  • A 23-year-old Black Mountain man with one count of enter and commit indictable offence (stealing) and two counts of enter with intent to commit indictable offence (stealing) due to appear at Toowoomba Magistrates Court on August 24.
  • A 22-year-old Tweed Heads woman with one count of enter with intent to commit indictable offence (stealing) and one count of shop stealing due to appear at Coolangatta Magistrates Court on August 7.
  • A 28-year-old Nudgee woman with one count of enter with intent to commit indictable offence (stealing) due to appear at Brisbane Magistrates Court on August 24.
  • A 24-year-old Currumbin woman with one count of possess tainted property and one count shop stealing due to appear at Coolangatta Magistrates Court on August 24.

The charges relate to the unlawful entry and theft of piglets from a piggery at Pittsworth in November 2019 and the unlawful entry and theft of chickens from an egg production facility at Warwick from December 2018 over a six-month period.

A total of 11 people have been charged for these incidents to date with investigations continuing.

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