Thieves Accidentally Live-Stream Alleged Theft, Drug Use

The owner was more than 1000km away, watching the alleged crime on his mobile phone.

A word to would-be criminals out there: accidentally filming yourself doing the alleged crimes is probably not going to work out well for you in the long run.

A group of men who allegedly broke into a property in Queensland and stole CCTV cameras were in for a shock, after those very cameras started live-streaming their activities direct to the owner.

The group of four men allegedly broke into a shed out the back of an under-construction property in Helensvale, stealing a number of items including surveillance cameras, before heading to another address to consume drugs.

"Surveillance cameras were stolen during the incident...all the while, live-streaming footage to the owner's mobile phone," QLD Police said in a statement.

The property owner, a 37-year-old man more than 1000km away in Mackay, was alerted to the break-in on his phone, and proceeding to watch the alleged break in as it happened.

"The Mackay man viewed live footage, which was being uploaded in real-time via surveillance cameras mounted at the construction site, of the men allegedly stealing property such as: the surveillance cameras, solar panels and a modem, then relocating to another address where they allegedly consumed drugs," said police.

A 29-year-old man from Gaven has already been arrested and charged with one count of entering a premises, three counts of receiving tainted property, one count of possessing suspected stolen property, one count of possessing a restricted item, one count of possessing a weapon, and two counts of stealing.

Police have now released CCTV footage of two more men they are looking to speak to.

The first man -- wearing the white baseball cap and blue jumper -- is described as being European in appearance, aged in his 30s, with short brown hair, fluorescent green spacers in his earlobes, and possibly with a diamond tattoo on his neck.

The second man -- wearing a blue hooded jacket -- is described as being Caucasian in appearance, aged in his 30s, with a lean build, short brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.