A man and woman have been charged over a number of alleged thefts and burglaries at businesses across the Gold Coast, causing tens of thousands of dollars damage.
A 37-year-old man was arrested around 2.30am on Sunday morning, after allegedly using a drill and screwdriver to break into coin-operated washing machines at a laundromat on Olsen Avenue at Southport.
A woman was also arrested after being found in a car nearby with power tools inside.
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Police allege the man is also responsible for a number of similar incidents over the last couple of weeks including:
- the alleged break and enter of a Southport laundromat on March 17
- the alleged break and enter of a Pimpama car and dog wash on March 16
- the alleged break and enter of a Parkwood car wash on March 15
- the alleged wilful damage and stealing from a Pimpama car and dog wash on March 14
- the alleged wilful damage and stealing from a Burleigh car and dog wash on March 12
- the alleged wilful damage and stealing from a Burleigh car and dog wash on March 10
- the alleged stealing from at Robina car and dog wash on March 9
The man, of no fixed address has been charged with five counts each of wilful damage and stealing, three counts of enter premises and commit indictable offence, two counts of receiving tainted property and one count of enter premises with intent.
The 28-year-old Labrador woman has been charged with one count of enter premises and commit indictable offence.
Both are due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court today.
Police say their investigations are continuing and expect to make further arrests.
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.