UPDATE: POLICE are on the hunt for a man who spent the weekend joyriding around Darling Downs in a stolen luxury sedan.

Toowoomba Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Tony Morris said the man entered the Autobarn, in Toowoomba, shortly after noon on Saturday. 

The man found keys to a 2012 model Chrysler SRT8 and left with the vehicle.

"It was involved in a fuel drive-off later, at 4pm, at Spring St in Kearneys Spring," Sgt Morris said.

Police received multiple reports of the car hooning around Toowoomba and Cambooya.

"It was not involved in any evade offences," Sgt Morris said.

Toowoomba Police are looking for the man who stole a white 2012-model Chrysler sedan from Autobarn, on Saturday, at noon.
Toowoomba Police are looking for the man who stole a white 2012-model Chrysler sedan from Autobarn, on Saturday, at noon. Contributed

The vehicle was found early this morning, burnt out on Glenvale Rd, at Leslie Dam.

 "Our property crime unit is investigating and we would be grateful for any dashcam footage the public may have, especially from those early hours at Leslie Dam.

The vehicle's owner, Amy Mikhail, said the incident had left her family shaken up.

"It all still seems a bit like a dream, but it was really upsetting," she said.

"My husband worked 13-hour shifts to save for that car but nothing can be salvaged.

"They really burnt it out."

CCTV footage shows the offender walking into Autobarn, where the car was left unlocked and with the key inside.

"He spent about five minutes trying to start the car, because it was keyless, and he didn't know how it worked," Mrs Mikhail said.  

Toowoomba Police are looking for the man who stole a white 2012-model Chrysler sedan from Autobarn, on Saturday, at noon.
Toowoomba Police are looking for the man who stole a white 2012-model Chrysler sedan from Autobarn, on Saturday, at noon. Contributed

EARLIER: EMERGENCY services attended the scene of a car fire near Leslie Dam this morning.

Flames engulfed the car and spread along the dry grass at a property on Glenvale Rd, according to a Queensland Fire and Emergency spokeswoman

Two crews attended the fire and quickly brought the scene under control. 

"The fire was extinguished within 10 minutes of arriving," the spokeswoman said.

Warwick police officer in charge Jamie Deacon said police arrived at 5am and were still at the scene.

It is not believed anyone was injured during the fire.

More information to follow.



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