Police arrests one of two armed men who were holed up in an apartment at the Chasely Apartments Hotel in Auchenflower in Brisbane, Monday, December 3, 2018. (AAP Image/Dan Peled) NO ARCHIVING
Police arrests one of two armed men who were holed up in an apartment at the Chasely Apartments Hotel in Auchenflower in Brisbane, Monday, December 3, 2018. (AAP Image/Dan Peled) NO ARCHIVING DAN PELED

GOT HIM: Police say siege arrest is linked to $50k Bay theft

POLICE claim one of the men at the centre of a high-profile siege in Brisbane this week is also responsible for the $50,000 robbery of a popular Hervey Bay business.

The Chronicle can confirm Ross John Dolan, 29, has been charged with the Richard Watt optometrist break-in where 150 pairs of sunglasses and several computers and iPads were stolen two months ago.

Mr Dolan and another man, aged 33, were arrested after a six-hour stand-off in Auchenflower on Monday.

The pair fronted Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday on string of offences, including illegal possession of weapons, burglary, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and acts intended to resist lawful arrest.

Maryborough Police Acting Detective Senior Sergeant David Harbison confirmed one of Mr Dolan's property charges, read out in court, stemmed from the Hervey Bay incident.

Sgt Harbison said police would allege the Pialba robbery was committed during a crime spree by Mr Dolan through south-east Queensland.

"Local detectives will further investigate links to previous burglaries and other property crime in the Maryborough Patrol Group area," he said.

CCTV footage allegedly captured Dolan wandering into the optometrist about 9pm on October 10, prying open the security screen on the back window.

He was allegedly seen tearing the sunglasses display off the wall and stealing several laptops, iPads and sunglasses from displays.

Owner Richard Watt said about $50,000 worth of gear was stolen, leaving a crippling hole in the business and costing thousands to replace.

The Brisbane siege started about 11am Monday when officers investigating break-ins on Brisbane's southside went to the unit where the men were believed to be staying.

A shot was allegedly fired, sparking a lockdown of the area including arterial road Coronation Drive, bringing the city to a standstill.

Both men were arrested after surrendering peacefully at 4.40pm.

Gwen Watt told the Chronicle the arrest came as a relief for her and her husband who she said had lived in fear since the robbery.

 

RELIEVED: Richard and Gwen Watt have been in fear while the man allegedly responsible for their business break-in was on the run.
RELIEVED: Richard and Gwen Watt have been in fear while the man allegedly responsible for their business break-in was on the run. Alistair Brightman

She said they had still not recovered from the economic damage and had been forced to pay the insurance themselves.

"Because we don't want suppliers waiting on insurance companies for claims we've had to cover everything ourselves," Ms Watt said.

"We're just very relieved, it's been an emotional time for us since then. We've put more security in the building and only just placed the display stand that was ripped out back into place."



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