A MAN with a handgun has pulled off three armed robberies and attempted a fourth in the space of just 30 minutes north of Brisbane.
The 29-year-old has been arrested and charged over the hold-ups, which police allege formed part of a nine hour crime spree on Saturday.
It’s alleged the man first stole a white Ford Territory from outside a house on Tallon Street at North Bundaberg just after 4pm.
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Police said the man entered the home through an unlocked door and snatched a handbag off the dining table before driving off in the Territory.
Later that night, the man allegedly drove the stolen vehicle around the streets of Bundaberg, robbing random people at gunpoint.
The armed driver allegedly pulled up next to a man walking along Walter Street about 11pm.
Police said a second man in the vehicle pulled out a handgun and demanded the pedestrian’s wallet and phone, but the man refused and ran away.
Ten minutes later, the driver allegedly pulled up alongside a woman on George Street while his passenger got out and threatened her with the gun.
The woman handed the men her wallet and phone and the offenders drove off towards Maryborough Street.
Then, about 11.30pm, the two men in the stolen Territory allegedly targeted a couple standing beside a car on Greatheads Road.
One of the men got out of the Territory and threatened the man and woman with the gun before demanding their vehicle.
The couple complied and the man jumped in their Nissan Altima sedan and drove off with the Ford Territory following closely behind.
Police spotted the two stolen vehicles travelling west on the Ring Road about an hour later.
The officers switched on their lights and sirens and tried intercepting the vehicles but they failed to stop.
Police said the vehicles turned onto Children Road before going separate ways.
Officers continued to pursue the white Ford Territory through the streets of Bundaberg before it crashed into poles in a dead-end street at Kepnock about 1am.
The 29-year-old man behind the wheel was arrested and has since been charged with a long list of offences, including armed robbery, burglary and unlicenced driving.
He will appear at the Bundaberg Magistrates Court tomorrow, September 17.
The silver Nissan Altima sedan, Queensland registration 943WHN remains outstanding.
Anyone who sees the vehicle is urged not to approach the vehicle and contact police.
You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.