Crime spree trio catch bus to evade capture

POLICE are hunting two men and a woman wanted for a string of crimes committed between Caloundra and Rainbow Beach on Wednesday night.

Officers were within reach of arresting the trio when they tried to stop a stolen Toyota Corolla in Moffat Beach on Thursday morning but it was driven around the police van, onto the wrong side of the road.

Detectives in an unmarked police car had been following the stolen car in the lead-up to the unsuccessful attempt.

They had noticed suspicious behaviour before doing a check of the vehicle's registration to find out it had been reported stolen.

It was found abandoned in Furlong St, Moffat Beach, after evading the attempted capture.

A witness said the men and woman were seen running up a laneway.

Caloundra police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Gavin Ricketts said the trio then managed to catch a bus at Currimundi, travelling to the Caloundra interchange before heading somewhere else on another bus.

Their crime spree is believed to have started in Noosaville, where a Toyota LandCruiser was stolen some time between 4pm and 11.30pm Wednesday.

"Then, we believe, they attempted to burgle a house at Noosaville about 11.30pm," Snr Sgt Ricketts said.

He said they were unsuccessful at gaining entry to the house.

The trio were next linked to a break and enter at a Rainbow Beach property at 2.30am Thursday.

Police a short time later noticed the stolen LandCruiser on Tin Can Bay Rd, east of Gympie.

They attempted to intercept the vehicle but it evaded officers.

The car was found crashed and abandoned a short time later.

Snr Sgt Ricketts said a Toyota Corolla was stolen from a Walgai property about 5am.

It was believed to have driven away from the Caltex petrol station at Pomona after then before being sighted by the detectives at Currimundi about 7.30am.

The men and woman are described as being aged in their 20s.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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