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Alleged hotel armed robbers face court

POLICE SEARCH: Armed policeman search residential property on Waimarie St Bargara. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
POLICE SEARCH: Armed policeman search residential property on Waimarie St Bargara. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

FOUR people have faced court charged with the armed robbery of Bundaberg's East End Hotel on Friday.

Bundaberg Criminal Investigations Branch Detective Senior Sergeant Joe Hildred said a tipoff from a member of the public led to the arrests on Sunday afternoon.

"In relation the events that proceeded after the robbery, detectives executed a search warrant at Kellys Beach Resort on one of the cabins there.

"As detectives went to execute the search warrant at Bargara, two offenders who were residing at that dwelling at that resort fled and as a result, a manhunt ensued throughout the Bargara area."

Det Snr Sgt Hildred said police would allege the two offenders who fled broke the law in their attempts to evade police.

"A number of them went across numerous properties and there were a number of break and enters that resulted in relation to these offenders fleeing the scene where they obtained clothing to disguise themselves and they changed clothes and continued to try evade police," he said.

"Due to the number of phone calls we received, we were able to quickly track down the offenders and locate them and place them in custody.

"It will be alleged that there was white powder that was dropped by one of the offenders in him trying to escape and that has been seized by the police."

Police were still hunting for the weapons used in the alleged robbery this afternoon and anyone who may find them is encouraged not to touch them and to contact police.

"Of course there was that fear that these people may have been armed," he said of the manhunt.

"We have recovered quantities of cash at a residence at Kellys Beach resort and also on one of the offenders that was detained."

The four accused robbers faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court this afternoon.

Justin Aaron James Lecauteur, 25, had his matter adjourned for further mention tomorrow morning

Jake Harold Norman Philips, 26, of Cairns did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody. He will appear via videolink from prison for committal mention on December 11.

Kacey Lea Porter had her case adjourned to tomorrow morning to allow time for her to speak with a lawyer. The 24-year-old burst into tears as she was led out of court and told her mother, "I didn't do it mum". Her mother responded from the public gallery, "I know, I love you."

Robert Nicholas Wilson, 45, did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody. He will appear via videolink from prison for committal mention on December 11.

Topics:  armed robbery, bundaberg



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