Man charged after cars stolen across south-east Queensland

Richard Dinnen - Queensland Editor |

Police have arrested a man who allegedly stole a series of vehicles in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, including from a woman feeding her baby at Maroochydore.

The 35-year-old man is alleged to have broken into several Brisbane addresses on Thursday, stealing vehicles from Morningside, Kedron, and Gordon Park.

Police said the same man broke into a home at Minyama and stole a Landcruiser early on Friday.

It was later seen travelling at speed on the wrong side of the Nambour Connection Road, where drivers were forced to take evasive action.

It’s alleged he abandoned the Landcruiser in Woombye before breaking into a nearby home and stealing another Landcruiser.

He’s alleged to have threatened people at Buddina and stole their Landcruiser, driving it to a shopping centre at Maroochydore.

Police said the man approached a woman sitting in a vehicle feeding a baby, ordering them out of the car before driving it away.

Police tracked the car through Maroochydore, Buderim, and Sippy Downs, where it’s alleged it was driven dangerously at speed and through red lights.

The vehicle was stopped at Sippy Downs where the man was arrested.

He’s been charged with more than 20 offences, including armed robbery, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, burglary, and wilful damage.

 The man has been remanded in custody to appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court in November.

Security camera video shows a woman and her baby forced from her car. Queensland Police video shows a man later being arrested