Three face court after new V8 Mustang stolen from dealer
THREE people accused of stealing a brand new Ford Mustang muscle car from a dealership last week have been arrested by police.
Scott Hodgetts, 29, from Mackay faced Townsville Magistrates Court on Monday after police discovered him in a home on Irving Street in Ayr during a search.
Police claim Hodgetts crashed the Mustang into the front fence of an address on Archibald Street in Mackay on Friday after leading officers across the countryside, from Proserpine to Sarina.
It will be alleged he fled the scene before getting behind the wheel of a stolen ute.
Hodgetts faces 41 charges in total, including three counts of break and enter, car theft, the arson of a motor vehicle, obstructing police and drug possession.
Police are also investigating whether he had any connection to a six-week crime spree from Ayr to Sarina, including the theft of the $55,000 Mustang from Proserpine.
In the Townsville court, Hodgetts was remanded in custody to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court in late January.
Meanwhile, Scott Hodgetts' partner Kerri-Ann Connolly and brother Laurie Hodgetts appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday morning.
Connolly, 31, from Mackay, sat in the court dock in custody, represented by solicitor Danny Yarrow, of Legal Aid Queensland.
She's been charged with four counts of car theft, three counts of stealing after a previous conviction and one count of contravening police. No pleas had been entered.
Mr Yarrow did not apply for bail on behalf of Connolly, who appeared shocked when family supporting the Hodgetts brothers informed her police had arrested her partner.
"They've got Scott in Ayr," a family member told Connolly.
Connolly wiped tears from her eyes as she spoke, her voice cracking.
"Tell him I love him," she said, before a police officer led her back to Mackay Watch-house.
Connolly's case was adjourned to the middle of the month.
After Connolly's relatively brief appearance, Laurie Hodgetts, 34, from South Mackay, also faced Magistrate Damien Dwyer from the dock in custody, charged with car theft and attempted car theft.
Mr Yarrow applied for bail on behalf of Hodgetts, after an original application was previously denied.
Bail was granted by Mr Dwyer, who noted the Magistrate who previously denied release, John Aberdeen, had said the refusal was down to Scott Hodgetts remaining at large.
Considering all three of the accused had been arrested, that constituted a change in circumstances, Mr Dwyer said.
As part of bail conditions, Laurie Hodgetts cannot contact his brother and must live at an address in South Mackay.
His case was adjourned to late January.