Gold Coaster accused of robbing over 100 venues will remain behind bars

A Gold Coast man accused of an eight-year crime spree will spend his birthday behind bars after being denied bail at Southport Magistrates Court this morning.

Tony Hazelwood, who turned 54 today, fronted court after being charged with 28 multiple break and enter offences between 2009 and 2017.

Police accuse Mr Hazelwood of robbing more than 100 sports clubs and other businesses’ pokie machines across QLD and NSW.


Detective Senior Sergeant Jason Hindmarsh said the crimes became an extremely smooth operation where the thief would disable alarms before robbing machines in a matter of minutes.

“It’s over the tens of thousands and into the hundreds of thousands in damage and stolen money at this stage,” he said.

The Gold Coast Council cleaner’s lawyer told the court there was no substantial evidence against client Mr Hazelwood, as police have “no fingerprints, no forensic evidence”.

Mr Hazelwood will stay behind bars until court meets again on September 19.