Looting charges, Gympie

Three people have been charged with looting two Gympie businesses during recent flooding.

A Mary Street business was left unlocked due to flooding when two girls allegedly entered the store and stole property around 11.35pm on January 27. The girls, both from Gympie were apprehended by police nearby.

A 16-year-old girl has been charged with stealing by looting, wilful damage and public nuisance.

A 14-year-old girl has been charged with stealing by looting.

They will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act.

Around 2.15pm on January 28, a man allegedly entered a flooded Mary Street hotel through open doors and stole property.

A 25-year-old man has been charged with stealing by looting, trespass, wilful damage and unregulated high risk activities.

Police will allege a 27-year-old man received property stolen from the hotel. He has been charged with receiving stolen property and public nuisance after entering flood water in Mary Street.

A 23-year-old Gympie man has also been charged with public nuisances after entering flood water in Mary Street on January 28.

All men, from Gympie are due to appear in the Gympie Magistrates Court on February 25.

Police investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.

Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.

For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444.

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