by Jessica McGrath
Burnett police are warning residents to ensure their homes are locked and secure, after an elderly couple had to confront an intruder in their Kingaroy home.
Kingaroy police officers were called to an Earl St residence at 2.20pm on Wednesday, 9 December.
Police will allege a 37-year-old Woorabinda man entered the residence through an unlocked rear door.
He was confronted by the elderly residents and claimed people were chasing him before he armed himself with a knife from the couple’s kitchen.
The man was found by police at the front of the house, was arrested and transported to Kingaroy Watchhouse.
He will appear in Kingaroy Magistrates Court on Thursday and was charged with the alleged unlawful entry of the house, trespassing as well as breaching a domestic violence order on 22 September at Cherbourg.
Kingaroy Police are also investigating another unlawful entry.
Entry was gained through the unlocked and open rear sliding door at a Booth St residence overnight on Thursday.
Police will allege the offenders have stolen a PS4, iWatch.
They allegedly used keys to access a vehicle before stealing a purse and contents from a vehicle parked in the driveway.
Kingaroy Officer in Charge David Tierney stresses the need for residents to be vigilant as the warmer weather and Christmas holidays approaches.
“Offenders will take advantage of the warmer weather to commit offences, such as these, knowing people will leave doors and windows open and unlocked,” he said.
Senior Sergeant Tierney said residents need to ensure they lock their dwelling not just when they are out, but also when they are home.
He said police were actively patrolling residential areas but unfortunately could not be everywhere at one time.
“Residents need to take all precautions to ensure they don’t become the victims of sneak offences including fitting secure locks to window and door screens and using these at all times,” Snr Sgt Tierney said.
“Whilst it is true the old adage a man’s home is his castle, even castles had moats to prevent unwanted guests.”