Another woman charged as piglet theft probe continues

ANOTHER person has been charged as an investigation into the theft of piglets from a Pittsworth piggery continues.

Detectives yesterday charged a 29-year-old Margate woman over three separate incidents of alleged stock theft from Darling Downs properties.

The woman has been charged with four counts of enter premises with intent to commit an indictable offence, and was issued with two infringement notices for failing to comply with a biosecurity plan.

These infringements notices are the first to be issued in Queensland in relation to these matters and carry a fine of $667.25 each.

Police started their investigation after several piglets were allegedly stolen from a Pittsworth piggery on November 10.

The woman's charges relate to the alleged theft of chickens from a Canningvale poultry farm earlier this year, and the unlawful entry on two occasions, separate to November 10, to the same Pittsworth piggery.

She is due to appear in the Redcliffe Magistrates Court in January 21, 2020.

Last month police charged four women over the November 10 incident.

A 29-year-old from Margate, a 27-year-old from Nudgee, a 21-year-old from Alexandra Hills and a 21-year-old from Petrie were arrested and charged with enter with intent and stock stealing, as well as biosecurity offences.

Various court dates for the women include Redcliffe Magistrates Court on December 11 and Brisbane Magistrates Court on December 13.

If you have information for police, phone Policelink on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.