Teen gangsters desperate for fame and glory continue to get nabbed by police after they post their idiotic antics on social media or blatantly commit crimes captured on CCTV.
The string of social media posts follows a spate of crimes committed across Brisbane’s northside.
Bond University criminologist Terry Goldsworthy told 9 News the main reason young people took up crime was for money or fun.
Teen gangsters desperate for fame and glory continue to get nabbed by police after they post their idiotic antics on social media or blatantly commit crimes captured on CCTV
‘Putting their exploits up there [on social media], seeing how many likes they can get, how many views they can get of a particular action would be something that might appeal to them.’
A suite of business owners have spoken out about the abhorrent crimes that have seen their premises destroyed.
Deja Bru cafe owner Peter Ye said his cafe had been the site of a smash and grab in the past.
Though the most recent one was more smash than grab, as no money was stolen.
CCTV footage caught the offenders senselessly smashing their way into the premises before letting off the fire extinguisher.
The tag ‘Northside Gang’ was then graffitied across the front of the cafe.
Police say at least 50 members of the ‘Northside Gang’ have collected more than 1,000 criminal charges.
Other business owners have stepped forward and said their premises have been the target of gangs.
Deja Bru cafe owner Peter Ye said his cafe had been the site of a smash and grab in the past
The tag ‘Northside Gang’ was graffitied across the front of the cafe
Beatrix Turner owns a shop just down the road.
She said armed intruders broke into the grocery shop and stole nearly $4,000 from security safes.
Three people from the southside of Brisbane have since been charged.
Only last month, a group called the ‘Southside Gang’ was linked to a hit-and-run in Ipswich that left Queensland police officer Constable Peter McAuley in a critical condition.
Dr Goldsworthy said bail given to young offenders was part of the problem.
‘They’re being allowed to go out and commit multiple offences even after having been arrested.’
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