VIDEO: Brazen thieves break into cop’s house and steal badge

A Townsville police officer has become the latest victim of crime after brazen young thieves broke into his home and stole his badge.

The thieves boasted about their find on social media, sharing a video of them hooning in stolen cars and spruiking the police badge earlier this month.

Queensland Police confirmed the police badge was stolen from an officer's home on August 5.

Police would not confirm whether anything else was taken, or which suburb the officer lived in for "safety reasons".

A screenshot from a social media video shows a person filming stolen police badge.
A screenshot from a social media video shows a person filming stolen police badge.

A spokesman said nobody had been arrested but investigations were ongoing.

The social media video is one of many posted to multiple accounts where the young offenders show off their crimes.

The same video also depicted people ripping up grass on an oval in two dual-cab utes, a driver speeding at more than 120km/h and a group of children with their faces covered posing for the camera.

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Another screenshot from the video shows a group of people in an alleged stolen car.
Another screenshot from the video shows a group of people in an alleged stolen car.

These videos are posted to a number of Instagram accounts.

The Townsville Bulletin reported on some of these accounts earlier this year, which were branded with the hashtag WDT2P - "we don't talk to police".

A screenshot from the video shows a driver speeding earlier this month.
A screenshot from the video shows a driver speeding earlier this month.

James Cook University criminologist Dr Mark David Chong spoke with the Bulletin at the time, stating that sharing the content was a way of asserting their status among other criminals.

Dr Chong said there was five main reasons young people used social media to share their offending - building status, communication, recruitment, creating an identity and keeping a record.

Police urged residents to report any videos or photos of illegal activity posted to social media.

Originally published as Brazen theives break into cop's house, steal badge



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