Thieves Accidentally Live-Stream Alleged Theft, Drug Use
The owner was more than 1000km away, watching the alleged crime on his mobile phone.
A word to would-be criminals out there: accidentally filming yourself doing the alleged crimes is probably not going to work out well for you in the long run.
A group of men who allegedly broke into a property in Queensland and stole CCTV cameras were in for a shock, after those very cameras started live-streaming their activities direct to the owner.
The group of four men allegedly broke into a shed out the back of an under-construction property in Helensvale, stealing a number of items including surveillance cameras, before heading to another address to consume drugs.
"Surveillance cameras were stolen during the incident...all the while, live-streaming footage to the owner's mobile phone," QLD Police said in a statement.
The property owner, a 37-year-old man more than 1000km away in Mackay, was alerted to the break-in on his phone, and proceeding to watch the alleged break in as it happened.
"The Mackay man viewed live footage, which was being uploaded in real-time via surveillance cameras mounted at the construction site, of the men allegedly stealing property such as: the surveillance cameras, solar panels and a modem, then relocating to another address where they allegedly consumed drugs," said police.
A 29-year-old man from Gaven has already been arrested and charged with one count of entering a premises, three counts of receiving tainted property, one count of possessing suspected stolen property, one count of possessing a restricted item, one count of possessing a weapon, and two counts of stealing.
Police have now released CCTV footage of two more men they are looking to speak to.
The first man -- wearing the white baseball cap and blue jumper -- is described as being European in appearance, aged in his 30s, with short brown hair, fluorescent green spacers in his earlobes, and possibly with a diamond tattoo on his neck.
The second man -- wearing a blue hooded jacket -- is described as being Caucasian in appearance, aged in his 30s, with a lean build, short brown hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with information is being urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.