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11 February, 2021

Day-long crime spree ends in arrest

A 27-year-old man is in custody after an alleged crime spree across Central Queensland on Tuesday.

A Rockhampton man is in custody after a string of armed robberies on Tuesday. PHOTO: File

A 27-YEAR-OLD Wandal man is in custody and has been charged with 35 offences after an alleged day-long crime spree across Central Queensland.

Police allege the man committed numerous offences, including armed robbery, on Tuesday between Yeppoon and the Gemfields in the Central Highlands.

The charges made by Police include 10 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, eight counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, three counts of armed robbery, two counts each of deprivation of liberty, evade police, wilful damage and stealing and one count each of obstruct a police officer, attempted armed robbery, attempted unlawful use of a motor vehicle, assault, enter premises with intent and trespass.  

At about 9.40am on Tuesday, the man allegedly trespassed on a Yeppoon property where he threatened the resident with a knife, before forcing a neighbouring 44-year-old man out of his 4WD wagon and driving away.

At around 10am, police allegedly intercepted the 4WD on Rockhampton Yeppoon Road, however the man sped away, narrowly missing the stationary police car and an office on foot.

Police will allege the 4WD was driven dangerously where it collided with the read of a station wagon in Gracemere at about 11.30am.

At about 11.50am, the man allegedly drove onto a work site on the Capricorn Highway, causing workers to take evasive action, before the man abandoned the 4WD and stole a Ford ute.

He is alleged to have driven to a service station on Anakie Sapphire Road and attempted to refuel, without success.

Police allege he then approached an address on the Capricorn Highway near Emerald and threatened a 37-year-old woman before stealing her red hatchback around 1.50pm – later found in Vine Tree Road, Anakie a short time later.

At around 2pm he allegedly stole an Isuzu wagon from Vine Tree Road which was later observed by police being driven dangerously on the Capricorn Highway towards Emerald.

The Isuzu evaded interception through a series of dangerous manoeuvres causing police and other road users to swerve off-road.

Further down the highway the 27-year-old stopped and allegedly assaulted a 73-year-old man, stealing his Ford SUV and driving toward Beezley Street, Emerald where he collided with a Hyundai hatchback and continued driving.

The SUV was driven toward the outskirts of Emerald where police successfully deployed a tyre deflation device.

The man fled the damaged car before assaulting a 52-year-old man in an Isuzu ute nearby. Police intervened and the man fled on foot.

He then approached a 61-year-old woman’s Audi wagon, forcing his way into the vehicle and making her drive a short way down the Capricorn Highway before letting her and her passengers, men aged 29 and 34, out of the car.

The man allegedly drove the Audi to Bluff, where he pulled directly into the path of a Toyota ute, causing it to stop.

He then forced the 22-year-old driver out of the ute and drove it east toward Dingo.

Just before 6.30pm, police successfully deployed another tyre deflation device on the Capricorn Highway near Stanwell.

The ute came to a stop and allegedly reversed into the front of a police vehicle. The man was then taken into custody.

He is scheduled to appear in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court today, February 11.  

Police urge any witnesses and anyone with relevant dash-cam footage to contact police.

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