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HoundDog trio to face court on Monday after 1200km chase

Jacob Allen, Craig Jackson and Claude Cobbo (LtoR) who escaped a Townsville prison farm.
Jacob Allen, Craig Jackson and Claude Cobbo (LtoR) who escaped a Townsville prison farm.

1pm: THREE prison escapees heading south down the Bruce Highway in a stolen maroon Kia gave up without a struggle when grabbed by police north of Gympie.

Traffic was stopped on the highway while Police officers set stingers on the road.

The devices quickly deflated the car tyres. The escapees 1200km high-speed odyssey south in a stolen pet groomer's car came to an end at 8.15pm at Chatsworth about 2kms south of the Kilkivan turnoff.

With their car immobile police say the fugitives gave up immediately and taken into custody.

A 31-year-old man has been charged with one count each of escape by persons in lawful custody, evade fare and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.    

He was also charged with three counts of fail to stop motor vehicle.  

Two 26-year-old men have been charged with one count of escape by persons in lawful custody.

They will appear before Gympie Magistrates Court on Monday, January 4.  

FRIDAY MORNING: THREE men who escaped from a Townsville prison farm were finally caught by police after a cat and mouse chase down the Bruce Highway.

 At around 8.10pm, the three men were taken into police custody in Gympie.

The three men were reported missing from the Townsville Correctional Farm overnight.

The trio who escaped from a prison farm in a Hound Dog Hairdressing car were believed to be heading towards Brisbane after being chased by police from in Gladstone and Rockhampton.

LATEST REPORTED MOVEMENTS

5.55PM: They refuelled at Puma at Gin Gin and did a drive off at high speed

6.33PM: Evaded police at West Bundaberg.

They were last sighted at 7.34pm back on the Bruce Hwy at Childers, heading south towards Maryborough at high speed.

Police were not in pursuit at the time

The day of drama came after they were discovered missing late on Wednesday night.

At 11.40pm on Wednesday night, a head count was conducted at the facility when it was observed that Craig Jackson, Claude Cobbo and Jacob Allen were missing.

At 12.40am on Thursday, the trio caught a taxi from Eastlake Drive, Fairfield Waters and travelled to Oliver Court, Vincent.

Officers believe the trio stole a 2009 red Kia Cerato with Queensland registration 821 SWH (from a Nathan Street address in Heatley.

The sedan has distinctive logos on both sides of the vehicle relating to a 'Hound Dog Hairdressing' business.

At 8.40am, the vehicle, believed to contain the three prisoners, evaded police on the Bruce Highway at Koumala.

The trio was last sighted at 2.50pm on the Bruce Highway in the Gin Gin area and is believed to be heading to Brisbane.

Claude Cobbo, 26 years old, is described as having a dark complexion, 173cm tall, weighs 80kg, has black hair and brown eyes, and has a diamond tattoo under his left eye and a spade tattoo under his right eye.

Jacob Allen, 26 years old, is described as having a medium complexion, 178cm tall, weighs 74kg, has dark brown hair and brown eyes. He has the following tattoos: cowboys logo on his neck, southern cross over the top of Qld and Flames on his right arm, spider web containing $ sign on his left land, 'thug life' on knuckles of right hand, and scales on his right hand.

Craig Jackson, 31 years old, is described as having a fair complexion, 172cm tall, weighs 88kg, has black hair and hazel eyes and is heavily tattooed.

 

4pm: THE three men were last seen on the Bruce Hwy near Miriam Vale at 1.30pm, police said.

Bundaberg Sergeant Michael McLellan asked people in that area specifically asked to remove keys from vehicles, and keep their cars locked.

He said there was no pursuit; they were followed at a distance and officers lost track of them somewhere between Miriam Vale and Gin Gin.

It's believed the men have turned off but there is a possibility they are headed for Bundaberg because one of the escapees has family there.

The vehicle three escaped prisoners are driving is described as a red Kia, 821 SWH, registered to a Townsville business. It has signage on both sides of the vehicle "Hounddog Hairdressing".
The vehicle three escaped prisoners are driving is described as a red Kia, 821 SWH, registered to a Townsville business. It has signage on both sides of the vehicle "Hounddog Hairdressing". Contributed

The vehicle they are driving is described as a red Kia, 821 SWH, registered to a Townsville business. It has signage on both sides of the vehicle "Hounddog Hairdressing".

A Justice Department spokeswoman said that anyone who sees the escapees should not approach them but call police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

3pm: THREE escaped prisoners are somewhere near Bundaberg in a stolen vehicle.

The car has been travelling at speeds between 120km and 140km.

Rockhampton police had deployed stingers at least twice while pursing the vehicle north of Rockhampton. The pursuit started just south of Marlborough.

The vehicle is described as a red Kia, 821 SWH, registered to a Townsville business. It has signage on both sides of the vehicle "Hounddog Hairdressing".

 

It has just been confirmed that police believe the three men in the car are those that escaped from a Townsville Farm prison overnight.

Overnight, three men escaped from the Townsville prison farm, however it is not yet clear if these three men are in the vehicle police are currently chasing.

Claude Cobbo, Craig Jackson and Jacob Allen escaped from the low-security Townsville Farm late on Wednesday night.

Police and corrective service officers have launched a manhunt for the escapees.

A Justice Department spokeswoman said that anyone who sees the escapees should not approach them but call police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Jackson is serving six years and eight months for unlawful use of a motor vehicle, Cobbo is serving five years and eight months for break and enter and Allen is serving 10 months for break and enter.

Jackson is aged in his 30s while Cobbo and Allen are in their 20s.

 

2.05pm: REPORTS indicate the trio of escaped convicts are still on the move along the Bruce Hwy, last spotted north of Gin Gin.

It is believed they were seen near the Kolan River, north of Kalpowar Rd.

1.30pm: Police are still following a stolen vehicle containing three Townsville farm prison escapees along the Bruce Highway.

The stolen vehicle was last seen near Bororen.

1.15pm: Reports indicate the stolen vehicle with three escaped convicts is heading through Benaraby now.

The car is now travelling on the wrong side of the road doing 100 in an 80km zone.

1pm: THREE escaped prisoners are almost at the Calliope crossroads in a stolen vehicle.

The last report at 12.55pm suggested they had already traveled through Mt Larcom.

The car has been travelling at speeds between 120km and 140km.

It is believed there are three men in the vehicle.

Rockhampton police had deployed stingers at least twice while pursing the vehicle north of Rockhampton. The pursuit started just south of Marlborough.

The vehicle is described as a red Kia, 821 SWH, registered to a Townsville business. It has signage on both sides of the vehicle "Hounddog Hairdressing".

It has just been confirmed that police believe the three men in the car are those that escaped from a Townsville Farm prison overnight.

Overnight, three men escaped from the Townsville prison farm, however it is not yet clear if these three men are in the vehicle police are currently chasing.

Claude Cobbo, Craig Jackson and Jacob Allen escaped from the low-security Townsville Farm late on Wednesday night.

Police and corrective service officers have launched a manhunt for the escapees.

A Justice Department spokeswoman said that anyone who sees the escapees should not approach them but call police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Jackson is serving six years and eight months for unlawful use of a motor vehicle, Cobbo is serving five years and eight months for break and enter and Allen is serving 10 months for break and enter.

Jackson is aged in his 30s while Cobbo and Allen are in their 20s.

12.50pm: Gladstone police have taken over the role of following the stolen vehicle travelling at dangerous speeds along the Bruce Highway southbound.

The car was last seen 10kms south of Raglan heading towards Gladstone.

12.32pm: POLICE are still following a vehicle stolen from Townsville and were just at Marmor, south of Rockhampton.

12.27pm: THE vehicle has just been spotted on the Bruce Highway south-bound at Bouldercombe turn off.

12.25pm: POLICE are still following a vehicle stolen from Townsville with three men heading south along the Bruce Hwy south of the Yeppen Bridge.

A number of unmarked and marked vehicles are involved in incident. Police are not in an active pursuit as the vehicle was travelling at dangerous speeds through suburban Rockhampton.

12.16pm: POLICE have just seen the vehicle travel south on Gladstone Rd past Alma St, going through a red light.

12.15pm: The stolen vehicle was just seen travelling south on Musgrave Street past Stockland Rockhampton.

It is believed have tried to deploy two stingers so far.

12.10pm: POLICE are abandoning the pursuit of a stolen vehicle north of Rockhampton due to high speeds the vehicle is traveling through suburban areas.

It was last seen by police near CQUniversity traveling at 120km in the 70km zone.

11.50am: POLICE are trying to intercept a vehicle with three men inside travelling along the Bruce Highway north of Rockhampton.

The vehicle is registered to a Townsville business.

An informant provided police with a description of the vehicle which was first spotted by police just south of Marlborough.

Overnight, three men escaped from the Townsville prison farm, however it is not yet clear if these three men are in the vehicle police are currently chasing.

Claude Cobbo, Craig Jackson and Jacob Allen escaped from the low-security Townsville Farm late on Wednesday night.

Police and corrective service officers have launched a manhunt for the escapees.

A Justice Department spokeswoman said that anyone who sees the escapees should not approach them but call police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Jackson is serving six years and eight months for unlawful use of a motor vehicle, Cobbo is serving five years and eight months for break and enter and Allen is serving 10 months for break and enter.

Jackson is aged in his 30s while Cobbo and Allen are in their 20s.

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