Stolen camo-painted shotgun turns up in the hands of a notorious teenage gang who pose with the high-powered weapon in a concerning escalation in the city’s youth crime epidemic
- A man said his Miroku MK70 camouflage shotgun was stolen from his house
- He said the gun was taken house, south-east of the Darwin CBD, on November 22
- A group of youths appeared to pose with a camouflage gun just days later
Members of a notorious youth gang that roams the streets of Darwin have posed with a shotgun that disappeared from a man’s house just days earlier.
The gun owner said his Miroku MK70 shotgun was stolen from his Bellamack house in Palmerston, on Darwin’s southern outskirts, on November 22.
The man shared the theft of his distinctine camouflage-painted weapon with local community groups in the hope the thieves would return it.
A notorious youth gang who roam the streets of Darwin have posed with a camouflage gun that disappeared from a man’s house just days earlier
But instead of returning the weapon, a group of youths – understood to refer to themselves as the ‘Palmo Boyz’ – snapped a picture with what appeared to be the shotgun and posted it to social media.
Two youths are seen posing with a gun in a picture from November 25, while another image showed three boys each displaying a weapon, while covering their faces.
The gun owner told Facebook page The Mango Inquirer that he was asleep when the gun was taken from his home.
‘They broke into my locked car on driveway, while we were asleep,’ he said.
‘[They] Got into the house with a garage remote then unlocked and ransacked my partner’s car.
‘Nothing was taken except for the shotgun and some rounds for a rifle stored securely in a safe.’
One picture showed three young men each displaying a weapon, while covering their faces
The gun owner believes the dogs ‘scared off’ the thieves and they did not notice the robbery until they went to work at 6.30am.
Youth gangs have plagued Darwin and especially Palmerston in recent years with law-abiding residents steadily running out of patience.
Community Facebook pages document frequent acts of burglary and vandalism and share videos of unruly teens roaming the streets.
There are allegations of youths going on joy rides and showing off alcohol and wads of cash on social media.
A dozen videos found on a private Instagram page show teens driving late-model cars at high speed, sometimes going off road on having minor accidents.
NT Police earlier this year said they are working to address ‘the increase in youth disturbances and anti-social behaviour’.
A statement from November 12 said there has been a significant increase in youth disturbances and anti-social behaviour.
NT Police said they are providing additional resources in the area 24 hours a day to ‘enable a highly visible presence’ to prevent crime.
Commander Matt Hollamby said: ‘NT Police are working closely with other Government agencies and stakeholders including the youths’ families to engage with the youths and address the behaviour.’
The gun owner said his Miroku MK70 camouflage shotgun was stolen from his Bellamack house in Palmerston, about 26.5km south-east of the Darwin CBD, on November 22
Anti-crime activists blame ‘soft’ diversion programs handed out to young offenders and local paper the NT News published a scathing editorial last month.
‘Youth crime in the Northern Territory is a major concern. We see examples of it daily, whether the police are reporting it or whether it is on one of the many community crime update websites,’ it wrote.
‘Brazen daylight thefts in public places happen all too frequently. Is there a week goes by that cars are not stolen?
‘Enough is enough. Territorians have had a gutful and the [Michael] Gunner government has to find a solution.’
The Labor territory government at the last election promised to make repeat youth offenders clean graffiti, clear weeds and do landscaping to deter crime.
‘Labor talked tough about crime leading up to the election, but since then we have seen absolutely no changes,’ opposition MP Joshua Burgoyne said in October.
‘Something needs to happen now… we will be pushing incredibly hard for the Gunner Government to legislate real changes.’