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Man charged with theft of rural fire trucks

Queensland Police detectives have charged a man who allegedly stole two rural fire trucks in separate incidents near Mackay over the past week.  

It will be alleged by Police that on October 31st, the man broke into the Sarina Marlborough Rural Fire Brigade on Tara Creek Road and stole a Nissan Patrol rural fire vehicle and other equipment.

“It will be further alleged on November 4, the same man broke into the Victoria Plains Rural Fire Brigade on Victoria Plains Road and stole a Isuzu NPS 3007 fire truck,” Queensland Police said in a statement.

After information was received from members of the public, Police located the Nissan Patrol in bushland at Sarina Beach Road near Campwin Beach Road on Saturday.

Yesterday, officers executed a search warrant at Keilbach Court in Sarina, where they seized emergency lights from the Isuzu truck, hidden in the house.

“Police subsequently attended an unoccupied property at Marlborough Sarina Road at Sarina Range and located the Isuzu covered by a tarpaulin.  It will be alleged the dashboard and parts of the truck had been extensively damaged and the body of the vehicle painted with white house paint,” Police said.   

A 22-year-old Ilbilbie man has been charged with two counts each of break and enter premises, stealing of vehicle, unlawful use of motor vehicle, wilful damage and driving whilst licence suspended. He has also been charged with one count each of evade police, possession of tainted property and possession of explosive (ammunition).

He will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court today.

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