Police nab suspect in break-ins

A MAN wanted for questioning over two Bundaberg pharmacy break-ins has been caught by police at Torbanlea after being spotted by an off-duty police officer.

Eric Dutzmann, 30, appeared in Maryborough Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon on 14 charges relating to as many as 100 burglaries across the Wide Bay-Burnett.

He was escorted in and out of court by four police officers.

Among Dutzmann’s alleged victims were the Soul Pattinson Bargara and West Bundaberg pharmacies, a Hervey Bay car owner, the Two Mile State School near Gympie, a motorbike shop at Childers, a Gympie real estate agent, a Tiaro cafe, the Curra Country Club and the Kilkivan Golf Club.

He was believed to have stolen a stereo, money, drugs, alcohol, food and a large amount of motorbike gear during the alleged break-ins.

Police expect further charges will be laid.

Dutzmann was nabbed at the Torbanlea service station on Monday afternoon.

He was seen driving along the road and followed by the off-duty officer, who called for backup.

Detective Sergeant Hodgins said Dutzmann ran from the vehicle he’d been driving and tried to escape at the rear of the petrol station.

“He got caught as he was trying to go through a barbed-wire fence,” Det Sgt Hodgins said.

He did not enter a plea to any of the charges and did not apply for bail.

Magistrate John Smith remanded Dutzmann in custody until his committal mention on February 23.



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