Robbery and burglary charges at Toowoomba

Detectives have arrested a man after a police pursuit in the Toowoomba area.

Police will allege about 6.00am on April 19, a man entered a home on Weymouth Street, Bundamba and stole a silver Nissan Pathfinder.

At 12.40pm, the man allegedly attended a service station on Jones Road, Bell Bird Park, where he stole a quantity of petrol and drove off without paying.

At 9.20pm, the man allegedly approached a 47-year-old woman in Dunlop Road, Esk saying he had been involved in a traffic crash and he was pretending to be injured. The woman offered assistance to the man and the man allegedly threatened the woman, demanding her car saying he had a knife.

The man attempted to gain entry to the woman’s house, assaulting her by pushing her out of the way. The man then gained access to the woman’s silver Hyundai Elantra and reversed out of the driveway with the car.

As the man was driving away with the stolen car, he has lost control of the car, crashing it into a fence causing damage to the fence and the car and he was seen running along Dunlop Street.

At 9.45pm, the man allegedly approached another house on Dunlop Street. He confronted the residents saying he had hurt his back in a car accident. A 65-year-old man tried to offer him support and he walked past the man, entering the house. The man stole a set of car keys from inside the house and then left towards the garage and got into a beige Mitsubishi Grandis. The 65-year-old man and a 71-year-old woman tried to stop the man from stealing their Mitsubishi, resulting in the man driving the car into a fridge and the garage causing damage to both.

At 12.00am on April 20, the stolen car was sighted travelling on Euston Road at Glenvalle and police successfully deployed a tyre deflation device. The man continued to drive whilst being pursued by police. The pursuit was later terminated.

At midday, police arrested a 22-year-old Gatton man. The man was transported to the Toowoomba Watchhouse where he was charged with three counts each of robbery whilst armed and unlawful use of a motor vehicle, two counts each of enter dwelling with intent and wilful damage and one count each of common assault, stealing and fail to provide specimen of breath.

The man is due to appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court tomorrow, Monday April 22.

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