Five people, including four teenagers, have been charged with more than 70 offences over dozens of break-and-enters across the Gold Coast.
The group is accused of ram-raiding 37 businesses, including service stations, stationery stores, card yards and auto tool businesses over an 11-day crime spree between November 10 and November 21.
Detectives from the Gold Coast Criminal Investigation Branch established a special operation to help identify and track down those behind the brazen robberies, which they suspected were linked.
“A total of 37 break-ins were linked to a number of people who allegedly worked together to commit the offences which involved using stolen vehicles to gain entry to some of the premises,” Police said.
“It is also alleged implements were used in some of the offences to break glass doors to gain entry”.
Following investigations, officers charged five people including a 16-year-old boy from Boonah, 16-year-old boy from Loganlea, 17-year-old Nerang man, 18-year-old Runaway Bay man and 21-year-old Nerang man.
The group is facing a combined 70 charges and will appear in court separately over the coming days.