News

Alleged 'lonely hearts' robber arrested in Gladstone

Beau Robert Bartlett will appear in Gladstone Magistrate's Court next month.
Beau Robert Bartlett will appear in Gladstone Magistrate's Court next month.

A MAN police believe is the 'lonely hearts robber' - a man wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Sydney - has been arrested in Gladstone and faces charges of a similar nature here.

Gladstone police allege Beau Robert Bartlett broke into a Sun Valley home on February 28, tied a woman up with zip ties, taped her mouth and put a jumper over her head.

Police believe he took cash and her mobile phone before leaving in a black Holden maloo.

Police in two states had been looking for the 31-year-old after he allegedly pulled a knife on a man he met on Craigslist through a 'looking for love' advertisement in Sydney's west in December.

Acting Senior Sergeant Chris Lindsay said police first suspected Bartlett was in this region when a vehicle seen in a car park matched the one in the nation-wide search alert released by New South Wales Police.

That information remained dormant, Snr Sgt Lindsay said, until police saw the same maloo during a drug raid last Friday.

"We executed a search warrant for drugs on a property where we believed (Bartlett) was and noticed the maloo in the backyard," Snr Sgt Lindsay said.

"He wasn't home at the time but we were given information that he would be meeting someone at a local hotel.

"We had surveillance at the hotel and when he entered lobby of the hotel we (arrested) him."

During the drug raid it is believed police found computers associated with a $50,000 burglary in Victoria Point, near Brisbane, drugs, instructions to make drugs and the mobile phone belonging to the alleged Sun Valley victim.

Bartlett will now front Gladstone Magistrate's Court on May 26 on two charges of armed robbery, stealing, possessing drugs, possessing instructions to manufacture drugs, incorrect disposal of a syringe and drug paraphernalia.

If he is found guilty of offences in Queensland, Snr Sgt Lindsay explained, Bartlett would have to serve jail time in this state before being transported to New South Wales to face any charges there.

Topics:  armed robbery, crime, gladstone, police, sydney



BREAKING: 'Boom': Tremors felt as 'meteor' crashes near Gladstone

EARTH TREMORS felt in the Gladstone with footage of bright light.

Did Gladstone meteor cause Queensland earthquake?

EARTHQUAKE in Queensland may have been caused by Gladstone meteor.

WATCH: Burning object crashes near Gladstone, lights up sky

A meteorite may have been spotted crashing to earth this evening.

SPECULATION rife that a meteorite is soaring across Gladstone's sky.

Local Partners

Kate goes down fighting in heated Survivor elimination

Australian Survivor contestant Kate Campbell.

YOGA teacher's 'good guys' alliance fails to get off the ground.

Emily Blunt's (almost) singing career

Emily Blunt nearly became the British Britney Spears.

Angelina is blocking calls from Brad Pritt

Angelina Jolie has reportedly blocked Brad Pitt's number.

Apocalyptica 'seek and destroy' sceptics with 'master' set

Apocalyptica play Max Watts in Brisbane on their Shadowmaker Tour.

Review of final show of Apocalyptica's tour

Rebecca Hall doesn't own a TV

Newspapers, yes. Television, not so much

Jaime King 'terrified' by son's heart surgery

Jamie King was "terrified" when her son went in for heart surgery.

'Flex muscles': Gladstone suburb drops $120K

BUYERS are scooping unprecedented deals by “flexing their muscles at the table”

Few bright lights for property after mining downturn

The Gladstone Regional Council wants associated LNG companies like Bechtel to be apart of the EIS housing accommodation strategy from the outset of the projects and not mid-way through.

Tannum Sands continues to write its own property success story

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Market opens as Gladstone sellers drop prices to force sale

VENDORS are dropping the price on houses to force a sale.

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual