UPDATE @ 30 August 2017, 6:45am: A Gold Coast man who spent nearly a decade on the run is due to face court today.
The 53-year-old is accused of stealing hundreds of thousand of dollars from poker machines across South East Queensland and New South Wales for several years.
Police allege the man defeated alarms and dodged security cameras at pubs and clubs to break into machines and steal cash.
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Today he will face court in relation to 28 break and enter offences committed from North Brisbane to the Gold Coast between 2009 and 2017.
EARLIER @ 29 August 2017, 10:40am: A Gold Coast man has been taken from his home in handcuffs, accused of going on a poker machine blitz across two states.
Police raided an Elanora home on Tuesday morning, following a lengthy investigation by the Drug and Serious Crime Group, in partnership with the South Eastern Police Region.
The 53-year-old man was arrested and is expected to be charged with stealing money from poker machines across South East Queensland and New South Wales between 2009 and 2017.
Police say the man is connected to at least 28 break and enter offences in sports clubs and other commercial businesses.
Detectives from Operation Aristocrat have been liaising with New South Wales detectives who are investigating similar offences believed to have been committed by the same offender.
The investigation is ongoing.