Pair charged over Gold Coast to Townsville crime spree

A Logan man’s due to face court in Townsville today, after a two-day crime spree stretching from the Gold Coast to Far North Queensland.

The 30-year-old from Woodridge initially attended a shop along Dreamworld Parkway in Coomera on Sunday afternoon, where he allegedly used a screwdriver to threaten the attendant into handing over cash and his car keys.

The car was then seen travelling north on the M1.


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It’s understood he then linked up with another man and travelled north to Mackay, where the pair allegedly robbed a drive-through bottle shop just after midday yesterday.

They used a tyre iron to threaten the attendant and demanded money and alcohol before fleeing.

A short time later, around 3.00 pm, they allegedly carjacked a person in Bowen, getting away in a Mitsubishi Triton.

Police then caught up with the 30-year-old Woodbridge man at 4.20 pm at a property in Salisbury Plains, where he was arrested.

The other man, a 29-year-old Manoora man, allegedly stole car keys from a home in Burdekin and took another car.

He then took off along the Bruce Highway but was eventually stopped with a tyre deflation device in Alligator Creek.

Both men are facing multiple charges in Townsville court today, including evading police, unlawful use of motor vehicle, wilful damage and armed robbery.

Full charge details are below.

A 29-year-old Manoora man has been charged with four counts of evading police, two counts each of armed robbery, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and one count each of driving without a licence and entering a dwelling with intent. He is due to appear in Townsville Magistrates Court today.

A 30-year-old Woodridge man has been charged with four counts of stealing, three counts each of evading police and unlawful use of a motor vehicle and one count each of wilful damage, armed robbery, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and attempted robbery. He is due to appear in Townsville Magistrates Court today.

Earlier article: Alleged screwdriver thief flees to Townsville after holding up GC shop