Dar­ing jew­ellery and cash heist Two charged over rob­bery

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - by Roanne John­son roanne. john­son@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

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.

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