Four children — one aged just 12 — allegedly stole a handbag and a car from two women in their 60s, before driving into a bystander who tried to stop them, police have said.
The youngsters allegedly confronted the women as they were walking to their car outside a McDonald’s on Alfred St in Aitkenvale, Townsville, about 12.50pm on Wednesday.
Police said one of the four children stole a handbag from the women, before using the keys inside to steal a Toyota Rav4.
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A man who witnessed the robbery tried to stop them driving away but was hit by the stolen car, police said.
“A bystander tried to prevent the Rav4 from driving away and was knocked to the ground,” Queensland Police said.
“The man left the scene and did not make a complaint to the police.”
Three children drove off in the car, while one boy ran away but was arrested a short time later, police said.
Police said the car — allegedly still with the other three children inside — was spotted in Mount Louisa about 1.30am on Thursday.
Officers used a tyre deflation device to stop the car and arrested the trio.
A 14-year-old girl has been charged with stealing from a person, robbery in company and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
A 14-year-old boy and a 12-year-old boy are charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
A 15-year-old boy has been charged with robbery in company.
All four children have been refused bail to appear in Townsville Children’s Court.
Police say investigations are ongoing.
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