‘Thirsty’ thief caught after Somerset stealing spree
A VERY thirsty thief was stopped in his tracks when police caught up with him lurking outside a business in Lowood.
The 36-year-old man allegedly stole drinks from nearby shops for three days leading up to his arrest.
After allegedly breaking into a local shop, stealing from a supermarket and causing a disturbance in the main street on March 9, the man attracted police attention when his behaviour provoked a member of the public to call triple-zero.
Lowood Police Station Officer in Charge Senior Sergeant Bruce Peel said the person told police a man was acting "suspiciously" and hanging around shops on Walter Street.
"He was loitering and acting in a suspicious manner," Snr Sgt Peel said.
"It's not that he was fighting but his suspicious behaviour is what concerned (the caller)."
When police turned up, they spoke to neighbouring businesses and viewed CCTV footage showing the man committing other offences.
"Over two or three days, he's hanging around up to no good, committing offences," Snr Sgt Peel said.
The offender allegedly had broken into a takeaway shop and stolen energy drinks earlier that day.
In the two days prior, the man had brazenly made off with juice from a local supermarket.
"It was revealed that the same person had stolen a container of juice … Then he has stolen some other drink from the same supermarket."
Police found the man loitering and, when they tried to arrest him, he put up a fight and attempted to make a break for it.
"They attempted to arrest him but he has put up a struggle," Snr Sgt Peel said.
"He was eventually restrained."
The man was charged with multiple offences, including stealing, break and enter, public nuisance and obstructing police.
He is due to appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court on April 7.