Burglary, arson accused remanded in custody

A MAN accused of burglary and torching two stolen vehicles on the Western Downs has been denied bail after a brief court appearance.

Michael Colin Hicks, 24, was arrested in Miles about 1pm on Thursday after investigations into a string of alleged offences.

Hicks 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 January 4.

Police allege Hicks and an associate stole property and a car from an Elmer St residence about 10am on January 4.

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 and another vehicle.
The two cars were later found burnt-out.

Hicks was arrested at a property on Daisy St in Miles, and appeared in the Dalby Magistrates Court this morning.

Acting Magistrate Roger Stark denied Hicks' application for bail, remanded him in custody and adjourned the matter over to January 10.


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