Police have charged a Toowoomba man over two thefts in Stanthorpe.
Police have charged a Toowoomba man over two thefts in Stanthorpe.

Crying over spilt milk: Thief out on bail after targeting servo’s

A MAN is out on bail awaiting his day in court after he was charged and accused of targeting multiple Stanthorpe service stations in two brazen thefts.

The 42-year-old South Toowoomba man has been hit with several charges according to Stanthorpe Police Senior Sergeant Gerard Brady.

“Last week there was two instances where a fella has gone into two service stations and asked for cigarette products only to grab them and run out,” Sen Sgt Brady said.

“The first offence occurred on Thursday, April 23 at 10.30am at Metro Fuel on Maryland St.

“The male has requested a number of tobacco and food products, they’ve been put in a plastic bag and as they cashier is ringing them up he’s grabbed them and run.”

The second alleged offence took place two days later at the Caltex Woolworths service station on High St, Stanthorpe.

This time he’s applied the same modus operandi, but been met with a bit of fight.

“The counter bloke has chucked bottles of flavoured milk at him.”

The accused will be crying over spilt milk now though, with police determining his whereabouts and arresting him on April 28.

He has subsequently been charged with two counts of entering a premises to commit an indictable offence, contravening a direction and in property use of an emergency call service.

“At the time of the offences the offender has phoned triple-0 as a distraction for police,” Sen Sgt Brady said.

It’s believed the offender has ties to the Stanthorpe area and is a previous resident.

He was released with bail conditions and will appear in Toowoomba Magistrates Court on July 27.

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