No car safe in man’s alleged crime spree
A 33-year-old Sunshine Coast man who allegedly tried to break into more than 100 cars and hid the stolen items in a ceiling void has been arrested.
Clay Hacking did not apply for bail in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Thursday and will remain behind bars.
Sunshine Coast Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards said police would allege Hacking broke into cars and stole whatever he could find, including valuables such as laptops and other trivial items.
Police raided a home in University Way on Wednesday where they found the alleged stolen items hidden in a ceiling void.
Sgt Edwards said Hacking had been interviewed for allegedly trying to break into more than 100 cars and successfully entering 20 cars.
Sippy Downs resident and victim Chris Anderson said it was great news to hear the alleged thief had been caught after he had his car broken into on Monday morning.
"Congratulations on mildly inconveniencing us and taking nothing of any real value," he said in a Facebook post.
"You (allegedly) stole my work folder which has nothing of value in it and my wallet (which had no cash in it), my Mrs' prescription glasses which are useless to anyone except her, and some chocolate coated chick peas and a museli bar that had been in the centre console for about a week."
Mr Anderson said Hacking also allegedly used his bank card to recharge his Optus phone.
"I think it's a bit sad that we have people in our community who do these kinds of things in the first place," he said.
"But at the same time greatly appreciate our neighbours and our local police for having a willingness to help and showing great empathy and integrity going to great lengths to track these people down."
Police have been speaking to the other victims and returning the alleged stolen property where possible.
Hacking has been charged with enter premises and steal, attempted fraud, attempted enter premises and steal and unlawfully possessing tainted property.
His charges were adjourned for six weeks so he can apply for legal aid.