Police dog tracks alleged thief after crime spree

A GOLD Coast man has been charged over a frenzy of break and enter offences against Boonah businesses.

A fruit and vegetable business, auto shop, two cafes, a rural supplies store, the council works depot, and the 115-year-old local machinery business Dover and Sons were among those to have been targeted in a series of break ins, which started about 9pm on Sunday and continued into the early hours of Monday morning.

Boonah police station Sergeant Peter Boyce said the offender was clearly on a mission to find cash, with many other valuable items left behind as the offender smashed his way into seven different businesses in High St and Macquarie St.

"There's footage of him breaking into one business at 9pm and he was disturbed at another about 2.45am," Sgt Boyce said.

"He was looking for money. There is cash stolen from the various businesses.

"It's a timely reminder for business owners to leave the registers open and not to leave cash on the premises overnight."

Dover and Sons part owner Bob Dover said the thief did considerable damage to the Macquarie St premises, forcing six different doors open with a jemmy bar and gaining access to three separate areas of the farm machinery business.

"He was only there for cash," Mr Dover said.

"He left three laptops behind. He has busted open all the lockable cupboards and took the notes and gold coins."

It is the third break-in for Dover and Sons in a week, with their Beaudesert outlet also hit last Thursday and Friday night.

An Ipswich police dog unit was called to Boonah early this morning and was able to track a suspect down in Coronation Dve.

A 34-year-old Gold Coast man was taken to the Ipswich Watchouse and charged with multiple counts of break and enter.

The man appeared briefly in Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday, where he was remanded in custody to appear in court again today.



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