Vigilantes confront group of teenage gang members in an alleged stolen car outside Cairns Hungry Jacks

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Vigilantes confront a group of teenage gang members in an alleged stolen car as they drive into Hungry Jack’s parking lot – but police advise against helping them do their job

  • Vigilantes stop gang members who allegedly steal rental cars at Hungry Jack’s
  • Gang of six allegedly broke into and stole Toyota Corollas from Thrifty rental car
  • Vigilantes managed to track down one car and corner the teens

Vigilantes have stopped teenage gang members allegedly stealing rental cars by cornering and confronting the men outside a fast-food restaurant.

The gang of six is ​​said to have smashed into a Thrifty car rental agency in Cairns’ CBD at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening before driving off in three Toyota Corollas.

Vigilantes managed to track down two of the alleged thieves, believed to be 14 years old, in a white sedan in front of a Hungry Jack’s, who surrounded the vehicle so they couldn’t flee.

“As a police force, we do not encourage vigilance of any kind,” said senior officer Matt Cornish.

“So if you see a vehicle you suspect or suspect has been stolen, we encourage people to immediately contact the police on triple zero.

“Do not attempt to obstruct or intercept the vehicle in any way.”

The three allegedly stolen Thrifty cars were in different locations around the city – one on the Bruce Highway near Woree, while the other two are in the CBD.

Police claim the gang found keys in the company's Sheridan Street building before smashing the car park window

Vigilantes have stopped gang members allegedly stealing rental cars by cornering and confronting the men outside a Cairns Hungry Jacks

Police say the gang found keys in the company’s Sheridan Street building before smashing the car park window.

“Clearly these are only suspects at this stage and we expect that once the arrests are made, charges will be filed,” said Snr Const Cornish.

He discouraged anyone acting as vigilant, saying civilians could face charges themselves if the situation turned violent.

“People may feel that this is the right thing to do. (But) if you commit a violent crime against someone, you can be charged yourself,” he said.

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