Accused car thief in custody faces court on 20 charges

AN IPSWICH teenager accused of stealing three vehicles and damaging several others in a midday crime spree will remain in custody.

Billy David Baker, 19, made a brief appearance from the dock at Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday.

Dressed in a prison tracksuit, Baker made hand gestures and smiled at his supporters in the court.

He faces 20 charges, including three of unlawful use of motor vehicles and four of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, in relation to an alleged series of events that unfolded at Booval, Bundamba, and in Brisbane last Friday.

Baker is one of two teenagers accused of colliding with several motorists in a stolen Holden Commodore, shortly after police recognised and tried to intercept the vehicle.

The pair allegedly ditched the Commodore near Stafford St, Booval, before running into the Ipswich Turf Club grounds and stealing a ute, which they soon also abandoned for a third stolen vehicle, a Volkswagen Golf.

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The Golf was involved in a pursuit later in the evening, which ended in Baker's arrest.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough told Magistrate Virginia Sturgess that the charges were headed for a likely plea.

The case was adjourned to October 19.

Baker was remanded in custody and his appearance will not be required on the next date.



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