Taxi hijackers caught on CCTV

CCTV footage will be used as key evidence against two people accused of hijacking a Fraser Coast taxi.

Michael Hartley, 35, and Monique Clubb, 23, have been committed to stand trial in the Hervey Bay District Court over their alleged robbery of a taxi driver at knifepoint and theft of his cab.

The pair is accused of stealing money from another taxi driver in Maryborough that same night, in June, before they jumped into a cab bound for Hervey Bay.

At Susan River, police say, the pair turned on their driver, threatened him and took off with his taxi.

They allegedly drove off at high speed, endangering the lives of other road users, before being tracked down and arrested by the police dog squad.

Both have been charged with a string of offences, including armed robbery, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and, for Hartley, dangerous operation of a vehicle.

Hartley on Tuesday appeared in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court by video link from the Maryborough Correctional Centre.

In court, police tendered as the evidence against him witness statements, photographs of he and Clubb and photos of a knife that was allegedly found in his possession.

They also submitted photos of the taxi, which was dumped in Dundowran, and the images and footage taken from the taxi's interior surveillance camera.

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

He and Clubb will face the District Court on a date yet to be determined.



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