Police catch break-in suspect

A MAN wanted for questioning over up to 100 break-ins in the Wide Bay Burnett area has been caught by police at Torbanlea after being spotted by an off-duty police officer.

Eric Dutzmann appeared in the Maryborough Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon on 14 charges relating to several burglaries.

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

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

He was alleged to have stolen a stereo, money, drugs, alcohol, food and a large amount of motorbike gear.

Prosecutor Sergeant Craig Ryan said Dutzmann was a suspect in “close to 100” offences.

Detective Sergeant Bruce Hodgins from Maryborough CIB said police expected further charges to be laid against Dutzmann.

“He was wanted for a number of offences in the Maryborough, Hervey Bay and Bundaberg areas,” Det. Sgt Hodgins said.

“Bundaberg police will travel to Maryborough to interview him and we expect further charges will be laid.”

Dutzmann, 30, was apprehended at the Torbanlea service station on Monday afternoon.

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

Det. Sgt Hodgins said Dutzmann ran from the vehicle he had 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.

Dutzmann was represented in court by solicitor Tammy Kerle.

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

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



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