Accused thief 'caught stealing red-handed' refused bail

A 20-YEAR-OLD Kearneys Spring man accused of breaking into cars early yesterday has been refused bail and remanded in custody.

Magistrate Damian Carroll noted Jaydan Robert Ferguson was on an 18-month probation order with 100 hours community service imposed by the same court last year for previous property offences including breaking into vehicles.

Ferguson appeared before Toowoomba Magistrates Court on eight charges including five counts of breaking into vehicles in the early hours of Monday.

Police claim the 20-year-old was caught in the act by police who received calls from a number of East Toowoomba residents.

Ferguson was not required to enter any pleas to the charges and stood quietly in the court dock as duty solicitor Nathan Bouchier applied for bail on his behalf.

Ferguson is accused of breaking into two cars on Campbell St as well as vehicles parked on Mackenzie St, Godfrey St and East St.

Sergeant Dan Curtin of Toowoomba Police said Ferguson had also been charged with breaking and entering a house in Mackenzie St during which a Honda mini motorcycle was allegedly stolen.

The motorcycle had since been recovered by police.

Officers claim they caught the 20-year-old in a yard allegedly in the act of stealing.

Sgt Curtin said all of the vehicles broken into had been left unlocked and unsecured

He reminded residents to always lock their vehicles and to keep valuables inside cars out of sight.

"Make sure your cars are locked and secure.

"It's best to park in a garage or driveway if that's possible, somewhere that is well lit."

Sgt Curtin said thieves often walked the streets trying to open vehicles in the hope they were unlocked.

"They get a few people that way," he said.

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