A teen will face the Magistrate today, charge with a string of burglary and car thefts.
A teen will face the Magistrate today, charge with a string of burglary and car thefts.

Teen arrested attempting to evade police in Wilsonton Heights

Police arrested a 17-year-old boy wanted for stealing up to eight vehicles in Toowoomba in recent months.

Officers attended an arrest in Arrowfield St, Wilsonton Heights yesterday, looking for the wanted teen.

Detective Senior Sergeant Paul McCusker said police would allege the teen fled the dwelling and was arrested as he attempted to enter the driver’s seat of a reported stolen car, parked in the driveway.

The teen was held in custody overnight, after he was charged with 14 fresh offences.

They include three counts of burglary, four of enter premises with intent, four of unlawful use of a vehicle, stealing, wilful damage and possessing drug utensils.

All involve cars stolen from Toowoomba homes from January 8 to as recently as Thursday.

The new offences will be added to an outstand warrant linked to 15 charges, including five counts of burglary, four counts of unlawful use of a vehicle, four counts attempted unlawful use of a vehicle and other property crimes.

The teen was on bail for these earlier offences when it is alleged he committed the fresh crimes.

Sgt McCusker urged residents to lock their property at all times.

“There seems to be a trend of vehicles left insecure, with keys left in their vehicles, under a mat or at times, in the ignition,” he said.

“Even if you are only going out to the shed for a few minutes, don’t leave your keys in near the car.

“You are making yourself a really easy target.”

Originally published as Teen arrested attempting to evade police in Wilsonton Heights