Armed raid suspect in call to cops

A MAN wanted over allegedly robbing two Ipswich businesses at knifepoint rang police to find out why they were chasing him and told officers he was at home.

Robert Wayne Clark, 37, is accused of robbing a Bundamba grocery store of $2600 on May 26, while armed with a knife with a 12-inch blade.

Clark is further accused of robbing a Camira pharmacy of $600 just after 1.30pm on Friday.

Clark was arrested on Monday afternoon at his Warrill View home and appeared from custody in Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday.

The court heard Clark allegedly found out via family members police wanted to talk to him so he called officers and asked why.

When officers said they wanted to speak to him about two armed robberies, Clark said he was at home and when police arrived he was allegedly sitting in a car believed linked to the Camira pharmacy robbery.

Clark's defence applied for bail, but police prosecutor Senior Constable Brad Dick formally opposed bail, and said the evidence against Clark was strong.

Snr Const Dick said Clark's car had allegedly been identified by a witness at the Camira robbery, and Clark's stepmother had identified him from CCTV stills taken from the Bundamba robbery.

The court heard after the Bundamba robbery, police sniffer dogs tracked a black bag and items of clothing allegedly linked to the robbery dumped in nearby Ogilvie St.

The items have been seized and DNA has been taken from them.

Snr Const Dick said Clark was serving a suspended prison sentence and was on parole for previous armed robberies at the time of the latest alleged offences, which made him an unacceptable risk.

The court heard Clark, a disability support pensioner, was a morphine addict and had recently started a methadone program.

Magistrate Donna MacCallum refused bail and Clark's case will next be mentioned on June 27.

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