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Man charged following string of property crimes

February 14, 2023 10:14 am in by

A 20-year-old man has faced court accused of several property crimes across Emerald and Maryborough.

It’s alleged on Christmas day at around 3.50am, the 20-year-old man broke into an address on Aberdeen Avenue, Maryborough and demanded the handbag of an 82-year-old Maryborough woman.

Police say later that day the man organised to purchase a motorbike from a 20-year-old Toogoom man, taking the bike for a test drive and never returning.

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It’s further alleged between Tuesday and Wednesday last week, the 20-year-old man drove a Nissan Navara to a worksite on Calcedony Road in Emerald and entered an office by breaking the padlock and stealing a number of items.

Authorities say at around 8.30pm police from the Gladstone Property Crime Squad attended a business at Calliope and spoke to the 20-year-old man inside where he initially provided a false name to police.

Upon challenging the 20-year-old man and placing him under arrest, he’s accused of running at one of the officers who became involved in a physical altercation, forcing officers to restrain the him.

Authorities say checks later conducted on the 20-year-old man’s licence identified him as being disqualified from driving by the courts.

The man has been charged with one count of enter dwelling with intent by break at night, one count of unlawful use of motor vehicle, three counts of serious assault police officer, one count of enter premises and commit indictable offence by break and two counts of driving a motor vehicle whilst disqualified.

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Investigations are continuing.

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