THE NOT SO GREAT ESCAPE: How the Chinchilla News reported on the robbery back in October.
THE NOT SO GREAT ESCAPE: How the Chinchilla News reported on the robbery back in October.

Alleged thief behind bungled armed robbery turns self in

ONE of the alleged thieves involved in the dramatically bungled Followmont Transport robbery in mid-October has been charged after handing himself into police.

The 26-year-old man from Chinchilla attended the Chinchilla Police Station around midday on November 7 and was charged with armed robbery in company, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and wilful damage.

The alleged armed robbery occurred around 2am on the morning of October 17.

A Roma Security guard had been patrolling around Carmichael Street when he found the alleged intruders inside Followmont Transport.

Startling the intruders, one of the group allegedly pulled a knife on the security guard, before they jumped into a delivery van and rammed the business' front glass sliding doors, bursting through a fence and out onto Carmichael Street to make their getaway.

At the time, Dalby Criminal Investigation Branch Officer in Charge Detective Sergeant Col Harvey said in addition ot the significant damage caused to the business, a number of items were also stolen.

This afternoon, Officer in Charge of Chinchilla Police Station Sergeant Gerard Brady said the man had also been charged with 12 offences relating to a break and enter at a home in Burra Burri on August 28.

"Those offences related to a number of break and enter offences, property offences and weapons offences," Sgt Brady said.

"Police will allege that he in that instance broke into a dwelling, stole a number of firearms including a semi-automatic pistol and other items from the house."

Sgt Brady said police expected to make further arrests in relation to both the Carmichael Street and Burra Burri incidents.


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