Accused nabbed in hospital ward

INTERVIEWED by police in his hospital bed yesterday an alleged teen car thief is lucky to be alive after a car heist from Brisbane ended dramatically near Warwick when the car he was driving rolled.

An 18-year-old man yesterday sought treatment at Warwick Hospital for a broken collar-bone and ribs after he rolled an allegedly stolen 2009 Mazda 3 which police say drove in convoy from Brisbane with a stolen Kia Rio.

He was later located by police and charged.

A Warwick Police Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) spokesman said the smashed Mazda was found about 24km from Warwick at Karara on the Cunningham Highway.

“Both cars were involved in a drive-off (stealing fuel and driving off without paying) from the Warwick Caltex and police were notified,” the CIB spokesman said.

“The Mazda was then involved in a rollover and was written off.

“An offender was located about 11.30am yesterday at the Warwick Hospital; he’s in custody and has been charged.”

The teen was taken from hospital to the Warwick watch-house late yesterday.

He is due to face the Warwick Magistrates Court today.

The CIB spokesman said the second stolen car was last seen driving south, crossing the New South Wales border.

“The Kia was later seen stealing fuel and driving off from the Goondiwindi Caltex Service Station,” he said.

In another instance of interstate constabulary co-operation, Goondiwindi Police are following leads from their southern counterparts after a bottle shop was rammed Wednesday morning.

A Goondiwindi Police spokesman said a small truck was used to back into the Queensland Hotel’s detached bottle shop at Herbert Street and thieves stole alcohol.

“The stolen truck was found at Boggabilla so Queensland and New South Wales police are working together,” the spokesman said.

The police spokesman said a lone bottle of scotch was found on a nearby corner.

It was dislodged from the cache of alcohol when the truck turned the street corner.

If you have any information contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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