Unlawful use charges, Chermside to Rockhampton

Police have charged a 40-year-old Rockhampton man following an investigation into string of alleged offence spanning from North Brisbane to Central Queensland last week.

On Thursday, February 18, it will be alleged the 40-year-old stole a Honda from a Chermside shopping centre, drove it to a service station in Rockhampton South at about 6.30pm and stolen a quantity of fuel before fleeing in the car.

A short time later witnesses saw the Honda drive into an Allenstown service station, where it will be alleged a woman exited the vehicle and stole fuel, then drove off leaving the woman behind.

The man allegedly abandoned the vehicle in Nine Mile Road, Pink Lily and a short time later attended a quarry at Fairy Bower.

He is alleged to have entered the quarry without permission and attempted to start a front-end loader before being challenged by an employee and fleeing on foot.

Police further allege around 6am the next day (February 19) at the same quarry, staff found the man sleeping in the bucket of a loader. The man fled when challenged.

Investigators located the man at a North Rockhampton address yesterday (February 22) and he was charged with two counts each of stealing, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and trespass. He was also charged with one count each of attempted unlawful use of a motor vehicle and unlicensed driving.

He is due to appear in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court today.

Police are seeking witnesses to this incident or anyone with relevant dash-cam or CCTV footage.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

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