NT Police are investigating an alleged crime spree across the Greater Darwin area early Friday, that kicked off after a mini-van was stolen from a property in Farrar and used to carry out numerous property crimes, across many suburbs.
Strike Force Trident detectives said a 2018 silver Kia Carnival with NT registration had been stolen from a residence in Farrar on the wee hours of Friday.
The owner of the stolen vehicle wrote on social media that the thieves broke inside the house and stole the car keys.
Detectives said the vehicle was then allegedly used to carry out the crime spree, going from one property to another in Virginia, Coolalinga, Winnellie, and Pinelands over the next few hours, causing extensive damage.
They did not disclose if anything was stolen from the struck premises or if it was just damage to property.
A social media user posted photos of vandalised shops in Coolalinga that included Australia Post.
The owner of the stolen Kia vehicle later reported that the vehicle had been located.
“Car has been recovered. Forensic going through it. It is in one piece. Few scratches but all good,” they wrote.
NT police Sergeant Kaye Pemberton said this deliberate theft and property damage is “unacceptable and hits hard when it affects workers and businesses.”
Police did not mention a physical description of the possible thieves who ransacked the properties but asked for any with information including dashcam footage that could help in the investigation to contact them on 131 444 or report it anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, quoting reference number 9512533.