Suspect charged following robberies, pursuit

A COOMINYA man has been charged with armed robbery and dangerous driving after allegedly stealing property and threatening staff at two service stations.

Police said a man entered a service station on the Brisbane Valley Hwy at Fernvale about 4am Thursday, threatening staff and helping himself to sunglasses, chips, two torches and a can of energy drink.

When the console operator asked the man if he planned to pay for the items, he poured the drink over himself, before allegedly telling the employee that he had a bomb and would blow the place up.

It is believed the same man then drove to a service station on the Warrego Hwy at Blacksoil, where he again stole property and threatened staff.

Patrolling police located the suspect's vehicle on the Warrego Hwy and attempted to intercept it, however the driver failed to stop, prompting a pursuit.

The vehicle was spotted again near the Shell Service Station at Redbank, where police said the suspect was cornered and eventually ordered to exit the vehicle and lie on the ground.

He was taken into custody and charged.

Ngutji Nyarki Fogarty, of Coominya, appeared in Ipswich Magistrates Court Thursday afternoon.

He has been charged with two counts of armed robbery (pretending to be armed with an offensive instrument), dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and possession of a dangerous drug.

There was no application for bail and he will appear again Friday morning.


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