Lucky break for cops chasing wanted man
A "PROLIFIC" alleged property offender who had been on police's radar for days literally landed in their laps after eagle-eyed detectives who had spent the day looking for him suddenly spotted him in the back of a taxi.
The 20-year-old Innisfail man had allegedly been on a two-week crime spree breaking into homes and cars in the East Innisfail and South Johnstone areas, targeting wallets and credit cards which he allegedly used to buy booze and cigarettes.
Innisfail detectives spent Tuesday trying to track him down at various residences, but it was not until a taxi pulled in front of them as they drove along Mary St that they got lucky.
Innisfail police Det Sgt Steve Bull said he was taken into custody at the scene and has been charged with 38 offences including multiple counts of burglary and fraud.
He was due to appear in the Innisfail Magistrates Court today.
Det Sgt Bull said it was alleged he targeted unlocked homes and vehicles, including while residents were inside asleep.
He said the incident should act as a warning to residents to make sure their property was secured.
"This type of offending has a big impact on small communities," he said.
"We would just urge people to lock up their homes and vehicles and if crime occurs, please don't just post it on social media, call police.
"Also look out for your neighbours and report anything suspicious."
Det Sgt Bull said the alleged offending period ran from April 11 to Tuesday when he was arrested.
He has been charged with twenty-eight counts of fraud, four counts of breach of bail condition and two counts of enter premises and commit indictable offence.
Two of the vehicles allegedly broken into were on the Esplanade and Agnes St - both in East Innisfail - during the weekend.
Police have alleged the man used stolen credit cards at several local businesses in the past few days.
Originally published as Lucky break for FNQ cops chasing wanted man