Man charged after smashing through Gold Coast dealership in failed car theft

LATEST @ 5.00 PM | A man has been charged after allegedly breaking into a car dealership in Robina overnight in a failed attempt to steal a luxury car.

The wanna-be thief allegedly first attempted to break into a dealership on Brabham Circuit just after 10.00pm but was unsuccessful.

Police say around ten minutes later, the same man then targeted a nearby car dealership on Scottsdale Drive where he allegedly stole a set of car keys.


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He then came back around 12.40am and allegedly stole a white Mercedes Benz GLE and drove it through the showroom where he collided with a black Mercedes Benz AMG coupe, grey Mercedes Benz Roadster coupe, a desk and the glass shop-front.

“The man then allegedly attempted to run over a security bollard onto Brabham Circuit which disabled the GLE, before he fled the scene on foot,” Queensland Police said.

The damage caused is estimated to be more than $500,000.

Following a major search, the man was tracked down in Palm Beach this afternoon where he was arrested.

The 29-year-old from Elanora has now been charged with one count each of attempted enter premises, enter premises, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and wilful damage.

He is due to appear at Southport Magistrates Court tomorrow.

EARLIER @ 6.30 AM | The team at Mercedes Robina are facing a major clean up this morning after a thief smashed through the dealership and stole a car in the early hours of this morning.

Police report that around 12.45 am, a man broke into the business along Scottsdale Drive, before finding some keys and getting into a high range SUV worth around $150,000.

He’s then understood to have smashed through the glass in an attempt to get out of the business, hitting a couple of cars along the way.

Unfortunately for him, the getaway was foiled by bollards out the front of the business, which significantly damaged the vehicle.

It was dumped nearby and the man fled on foot.

Police are now at the scene investigating, and trying to track down the thief who remains on the run.

The incident’s believed to have cost around $500,000 in damage.

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