Break and enter charges, Ipswich District

Detectives have charged four men after they allegedly broke into a supermarket in Collingwood Park overnight.

It will be alleged just after midnight, a group of men in a black sedan attended a Fernvale supermarket and attempted to smash the entry doors. Cleaners who were inside disturbed the men who then fled the scene.

It will be further alleged at 12.50am four men attended a supermarket in Collingwood Drive and used a sledgehammer to smash the glass door. They have removed cigarettes and mobile phones before leaving in a black Volkswagen Jetta.

Police observed the vehicle on Collingwood Drive and followed it onto the Cunningham Highway and Ripley Road where the vehicle stopped behind the Ripley Town Centre and four men fled from the vehicle.

A police dog tracked the men for twenty minutes before locating them hiding in long grass near the Centenary Highway roundabout. During the arrest, one of the men was bitten on the leg by the police dog.

A large amount of stolen property was located in the vehicle.

The Volkswagen was stolen from a Logan Reserve house on April 7 and the number plates attached to the vehicle were stolen from a Bethania residence on April 13.

A 26-year-old Logan Central man, a 27-year-old Springfield man, a 26-year-old Loganlea man and a 28-year-old Springfield man have all been charged with one count each of break and enter, attempted break and enter, receiving tainted property (registration plates), unlawful use of a motor vehicle and obstruct police.

They will all appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court tomorrow, May 4.

One of the men was treated at the Ipswich Hospital for a bite to the leg.

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