Fugitive seen in district

GLADSTONE police were on high alert for a wanted fugitive allegedly spotted in Gladstone yesterday.

Jason Niki Burley failed to appear on the fourth day of his armed robbery trial in Rockhampton last week and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

The trial continued in his absence and a jury found him guilty of the armed robbery of the SPAR supermarket at Taranganba in Yeppoon in February last year.

Burley pointed a gun at a female employee and demanded access to a safe.

Regional Inspector Jon Wacker told the Observer yesterday that a number of unconfirmed sightings of the fugitive in both Rockhampton and Gladstone had been reported to police.

“If people know or see Jason Burley they need to contact police, likewise if anyone knows of his whereabouts they also should contact police,” Inspector Wacker said.

Rockhampton police saw a man last Thursday, who they believed to be Burley, in Rockhampton.

He was travelling at high speed on a motorcycle and when police tried to make an intercept he stopped his motorcycle before doing a u-turn and accelerating away on the wrong side of the road.

The chase began on the Yeppoon-Rockhampton Road continuing onto Norman Road and finishing on Glenmore Road at about 2.40pm Thursday.

Police decided to end the pursuit at that point for the safety of the public and further attempts to locate him were unsuccessful.

Burley is described as caucasian with an olive complexion, average build, 176cm tall and is 41 years old.

Police ask anyone who sees or knows Burley to call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or their local police station.



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