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Miles community, police join forces to catch suspect

A COMMUNITY effort from Miles locals led to the arrest of a suspect in Daisy St yesterday.

Following a post to social media on Wednesday evening from Miles Police officer-in-charge Sergeant Ben Wiltshire warning people to lock their cars and houses "tonight especially" because "two thieves" were "on the run in town", locals spread the word and shared information relating to suspicious behaviour they had witnessed.

Locals subsequently used Sgt Wiltshire's thread to report incidences of a man without a shirt knocking on doors late that night.  

"One guy was trying to steal my bike. When I went out, he said he was looking for water. He was without T-shirt. Should be complaint in police. They were hanging around Daisy St," one person wrote.

Another added, "I had some random knock on my door with no shirt on asking me where Daisy Street was at about 9.30(pm)... Thought it was strange so I locked everything straight away."

The following morning, witnesses continued to share reports of a man behaving suspiciously who they had contacted police about.

"He just ran down past my house on Bishop Drive. Heading north of town.. I rang Policelink," one commenter posted just after 7am on Thursday morning.

Over the next few hours, sightings continued to be shared to the thread of a suspect fitting the description described by earlier reports, until at 1.30pm on Thursday when one local posted: "Just seen police handcuff a man with blue shorts and brown hair in Daisy St at some units."

In a statement released by Queensland Police Media (QPS Media) just after midnight today, police confirmed a man was arrested around 1pm on Thursday in Daisy St, Miles.

Michael Colin Hicks, 24, was charged with 19 offences including burglary, arson, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle relating to an alleged crime spree in Roma on Wednesday, January 4.

Police allege Hicks and an associate stole property and a car from an Elmer St residence about 10am on Wednesday. 

Later that day about 1pm, police attempted to intercept the two men travelling in separate vehicles on Six Mile Rd.

Police allege the men were driving in a dangerous manner and at speed, and forced officers to abandon attempts to intercept the vehicles after they swerved across the road.

Police further allege the men drove the vehicles to Dunkeld Rd where more property was stolen, including another vehicle. The two cars were later found burnt-out.

Sgt Wiltshire expressed gratitude to those in the Miles community who had helped warn each other and assist police with the arrest.

"I do thank everyone who helped, either with comments, tagging others to spread awareness, or more directly with information," Sgt Wiltshire said.  

"Without community support we can't do our job and we're so lucky in Miles to have such a strong community spirit.

"Support isn't just about helping us, it is a part of living in a community, and we all benefit from working together to develop the kind of town we want to live in."

Hicks appeared in the Dalby Magistrates Court this morning where he was denied bail after a brief court appearance. Acting Magistrate Roger Stark remanded Hicks in custody and adjourned the matter over to January 10.

Dalby Police have confirmed Queensland Police are still investigating the whereabouts of the second suspect.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

Topics:  arrest community crime miles miles police queensland police roma social media


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