LOCK IT: Monto police are reminding locals to lock their cars after multiple break-ins were reported.
LOCK IT: Monto police are reminding locals to lock their cars after multiple break-ins were reported. Mackenzie Colahan

Troubling new details of state-wide crime spree

UPDATE: SIX offenders are before the courts facing 143 charges following a two week crime spree that started on the Gold Coast on June 21, and rolled through the North Burnett before ending in Gladstone on July 2.

At least 10 cars were stolen during the 12 day rampage, including a Mitsubishi Pajero from Eidsvold and a Jeep Grand Cherokee from Kalpowar.

The alleged offenders were eventually caught in Toolooa when Gladstone police used road spikes to stop the stolen Jeep.

The occupants of the vehicle took off on foot but were arrested by members of the dog squad.

Detective Senior Sergeant Anthony Andersen of Gladstone CIB said crimes were committed across the Gold Coast, Murgon, Dalby, Chinchilla, Miles, Eidsvold, Monto, Kalpowar, Tannum Sands and Gladstone.

Corey Ian Lawrence Jackson, Tamika Louise Doyle, Luke Joseph Bligh, Gregory James Coulson, Leon Frederick Himstedt and Dean Ingra have been hit with a range of charges including unlawful use of a motor vehicle, dangerous operation of a vehicle, evading police, fraud, robbery and stealing and police said more charges are to come.

Police confirmed the break-ins and burglaries that occurred in Monto on Friday, June 29, are alleged to have been committed by the same offenders.

Both the Mitsubishi and Jeep stolen in the North Burnett, as well as a large quantity of stolen goods have been recovered by police and will be returned to their owners.

Mr Jackson, Ms Doyle, Mr Bligh and Mr Coulson fronted the Gladstone Magistrates court shortly after their arrest, did not apply for bail and were remanded in custody.

Mr Himstedt applied for bail but was denied and will be back in court on July 31, while Mr Jackson and Mr Coulson are due to appear on July 24.

EARLIER: MONTO Police have issued a warning to residents as they continue to investigate a string of crimes that occurred across the region between June 28 and July 2.

The trouble began two weeks ago, in the early hours of Friday, June 29, when police received reports that a number of vehicles and trailers in Monto had been broken in to.

The thieves absconded with large quantities of stolen property, including more than $7000 worth of power tools, and credit cards which they used to commit further crimes in both the North and South Burnett.

Two days later, at roughly 8.50am on Sunday, July 1, police unsuccessfully attempted to stop a silver Mitsubishi Pajero on Flinders St in Monto that had been stolen from Eidsvold earlier that morning.

Drivers of the stolen Pajero sped directly toward the officers at more than 100km/h before decamping towards Kalpowar.

Consistent with the Queensland Police's pursuit policy, officers were not permitted to give chase when they deemed the offenders' erratic driving posed a danger to police, the community and occupants of the stolen vehicle.

Shortly after, a dark grey Jeep Cherokee wagon was stolen from Pine Street, Kalpowar.

The Jeep's owner saw their vehicle being driven out of Kalpowar, and both the Jeep and Pajero were last seen driving along Gladstone Monto Road towards Many Peaks.

The following day, Gladstone police located the stolen Jeep in Toolooa and employed tyre deflation devices stop it.

Four males and one female were arrested, charged with a number of offences and remanded in custody to appear in Gladstone Magistrates Court.

Officer in Charge of Monto Police Station, Sergeant Mick Bazzo, said that investigations were still ongoing and appealed for those with information to come forward.

"Police would like this opportunity to remind members of the community to ensure all your vehicles and houses are locked and secured at all times," he said.

If you have any information, call Policelink on 131 444, or you can report crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or by contacting your local station.


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