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Police vow they will catch Murwillumbah firebugs

Queensland Fire and Rescue Services were required to extinguish a blaze at a Warwick property in Grafton Street overnight.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Services were required to extinguish a blaze at a Warwick property in Grafton Street overnight. Daniel Perrin /TWE

AUTHORITIES in the Tweed are sick and tired of criminal activity in Murwillumbah and police are determined to catch the offenders.

Police have said two cars were stolen from a driveway in York St at 12.10am on Monday. One was discovered burnt out in George St a few hours later.

Less than a week ago, arsonists lit three different fires at Knox Park and set another car alight on Kyogle Rd, Murwillumbah.

Tweed Byron Police Duty Officer Inspector Jim Kain said they are determined to catch the offenders quickly.

"We're still investigating the fires," he said.

"It's a stupid and dangerous act at anytime, let alone this time of year."

Inspector Jim Kain assured the public that the criminals would not escape the long arm of the law.

"We'll be investigating and we will catch the offenders," he said.

Meanwhile, Captain Greg Hayes of NSW Fire and Rescue Murwillumbah said the criminals were damaging his team's morale, as well as property.

"If we have a proper job we wouldn't be at our best," Capt Hayes said.

"Our time is just being wasted with these guys."

"Locals are all paying for it too through interest and rates."

Capt Hayes said that without CCTV the criminals were momentarily dodging justice.

"We need physical evidence, or us to catch them in the act," Capt Hayes said.

"The little buggers just don't think."

But he was sure that police would catch up with the criminals.

"They'll probably be crying and whinging and blaming everyone else when they're caught," Capt Hayes said.

Capt Hayes was also unhappy that Murwillumbah locals had to deal with the demoralising actions of the offenders.

"Well he's (owner of the burnt car) knackered now," Capt Hayes said.

"He's out of pocket at the busiest time of year.

Capt Hayes assumed the offenders were local kids and hoped they would realise that damaging their hometown was pointless.

"They've got no idea," he said.

"They just aren't thinking of their actions and where they could go."

Anyone with information on the crimes in Murwillumbah should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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