NT Police are searching for a group behind a massive crime spree across the northern suburbs overnight that allegedly involved Territorians assaulted in their homes during break and enters and three taxi drivers assaulted and their vehicles damaged.
Investigators said the group’s crime spree started around 11:30pm in a residence in Karama when they stole a blue Ford Ranger with registration of a motor vehicle number 958927.
The group of four, driving the vehicle they had just stolen, then proceeded to Larrakeyah where they allegedly broke into a home, assaulted a resident, and stole property. Police did not mention what property had been stolen or the extent of the injuries from the assault.
The group then allegedly committed further crimes in Fannie Bay, where they forcibly entered a house then assaulted its residents and made off with a white MG hatchback vehicle with Rego CE09PZ.
The group then proceeded to Lyons where they allegedly stole more property and car keys from a residence there around 12:30am. Police did not mention what property had been stolen and what type of vehicle was taken.
Investigators said the stolen MG hatchback was possibly involved in further incidents between 12:45am and 1:15am.
Three taxi drivers were also reportedly assaulted by the group.
One driver was allegedly assaulted in Jingili and another driver was accosted in Karama when the group used the stolen car to block him.
Another taxi driver was assaulted at a service station in Casuarina and had his vehicle damaged.
“The stolen Ford was recovered in Malak around 1am, and the stolen MG was recovered near 15-mile camp just after 2am,” Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Wayne Newell said in a statement.
Sgt Newell said one offender allegedly involved in the crime spree is currently in custody who could possibly help them with the investigation as they search for other people involved.
He said further arrests are expected and charges will be laid pending the outcome of the investigation.
“We encourage any witnesses or people with information relating to these incidents to contact police on 131 444,” he said.