HE was in their sights for three weeks and now police have him locked up awaiting his day in court.

The man detectives believe is behind a spate of crimes that have terrorised Toowoomba in recent weeks will tomorrow face court after he surrendered to officers in Mt Lofty today.

The 22-year-old is facing at least 19 charges ranging from burglary to firearm offences, and his arrest sends a strong message to would-be criminals: police are watching.

"The fact remains, he is one of many who are prolific offenders in Toowoomba," Detective Inspector Dave Isherwood said.

"And let's not beat around the bush - he is just one of a few people over the last few weeks engaged in criminal activity.

"He's been harboured by numerous people who have come to the attention of police (who have) subsequently felt the brunt of the law.

"It is a good conclusion to a saga, really."

 

Police took the extraordinary step of releasing a CCTV image of the man earlier this week in an effort to warn the community of his offending.

It was motivated by concerns for the public, and the public was warned to not approach the man.

The intense focus led to the man surrendering without incident.

"I would hope this would put a dent in the crime in Toowoomba, but whether it will stop the crime in Toowoomba is another question," Det. Insp. Isherwood said.

Police take a man they believe is behind a spate of offences in Toowoomba into custody.
Police take a man they believe is behind a spate of offences in Toowoomba into custody. Contributed


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