Crims faking illnesses to escape police detention

CRIMINALS are faking sickies to get out of jail on the Sunshine Coast.

Police say they are growing tired of the "game" offenders are playing to escape the Maroochydore Police Station Watchhouse.

Maroochydore Criminal Investigation Branch officer- in-charge Daren Edwards said at least one offender a week had used the excuse in the past month.

"They pretend to have a fit, fall to the ground or scream out for help," Detective Senior Sergeant Edwards said.

"It is our duty of care to have them checked out, so we have to call an ambulance and have them escorted to hospital under police guard.

"Once at hospital we find out there is absolutely nothing wrong with them."

A man spent a night under police guard at Nambour General Hospital after he was arrested at Caloundra on Tuesday.

Det Snr Sgt Edwards said the man, who was arrested for allegedly stealing a hire car from the Gold Coast, faked a seizure at the watchhouse. "We had no choice but to take him to hospital, but once he was there the doctor found nothing wrong.

"These are just repeat offenders trying to find new ways to flaunt the law time and time again."

Another crime trend sweeping the Sunshine Coast was the theft and fraud of hire cars.

Det Snr Sgt Edwards said car hire businesses were losing at least one car a week to criminals.

"Offenders have been hiring cars, not returning them and then using them for petrol drive-offs and in burglaries," he said.

"Sometimes they use stolen ID and stolen credit cards, but on other occasions they have been silly enough to use their own."



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