Man arrested over ram raids

FORMER Warwick man Dylon Jay Read is in police custody after being arrested in connection with two shopping centre ram raids in Toowoomba.

Read - who also goes by the surname Brackin - is facing 30 charges resulting from his alleged involvement in the crimes.

Police will allege the 23-year-old took part in ram raids on the Southridge Foodworks store and the BWS bottle shop at Highfields Plaza, in the early hours of April 29.

Toowoomba Criminal Investigation Branch acting-officer-in-charge Scott Stahlhut said Read's charges were among the 114 that had been laid against 22 people since the start of May by a team of four dedicated Toowoomba property crime officers.

Offenders' ages ranged from late teens to middle aged.

"A small (property crime) network has been shut down," Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Stahlhut said.

He said charges of burglary, fraud, motor vehicle theft and evading police were laid against the other offenders.

Read, who now lives in Toowoomba, was denied bail and is due to appear in Toowoomba Magistrates Court again on June 19.



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