Daring jewellery and cash heist Two charged over robbery
TWO men who allegedly made a daring night-time break-and-enter at Stockland Townsville, stealing cash and jewellery from a goldsmiths, have been charged with property and stealing offences after a police manhunt.
The pair are accused of targeting two stores while the shopping centre was closed late on a Saturday night between 10pm and 11pm on February 26, 2011.
They allegedly targeted the Gold Buyers kiosk, taking a large sum of cash and valuable jewellery after forcing entry into a safe.
They are also accused of attempting to do the same at Gloria Jean’s cafe but nothing of value was taken.
Joshua Edward Thomas was granted bail with no conditions yesterday in the Townsville Magistrates Court.
The 20-year-old was released at midday after spending the weekend in the watch house following his arrest last week.
The Vincent man is facing property and stealing offences including enter premises, wilful damage and stealing and attempted stealing. Thomas was taken into custody because bail objection papers handed to the court revealed that at the time of the alleged offences he was also facing a number of serious drug charges.
The alleged accomplice, also in his 20s from Townsville, has been charged with similar property and stealing offences from the Stockland heist.
But that accused man, who cannot be named until he faces court, is not in custody and won’t front a magistrate for another two weeks after being
Josh Thomas issued with a Notice to Appear. Townsville District Property Crime Unit said the information that led to the arrest of the two young men came from members of the community after the release of CCTV footage to the media two weeks ago.
‘‘ Search warrants were executed ( on March 10 and 11) after information was received from the public,’’ officer-in-charge Detective Senior-Sergeant Jason Shepherd said.
He thanked the public for coming forward with information that assisted in their investigations.
The pair are accused of forcing entry with a crowbar through a fire door at Stockland Townsville on a Saturday night with shirts wrapped around their heads and black gloves or socks on their hands.