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28 December 2007

Burglar targets Goodna Subway in crime spree

AAP REPORTS TODAY:

A burglar targeting a string of Subway sandwich stores south of Brisbane may be a former employee, police say.

From October 16 to as recently as Tuesday, the man has broken into Subway stores in the Gold Coast, Logan, Ipswich and Goodna areas.

In each case, he entered through the roof and tried to break into the store's safe.

Police would not say how many safes the man had successfully broken into or how much money he had taken.

Detective Senior Sergeant Mick Thiesfield said the man was able to enter and exit the stores discreetly, and had intimate knowledge of the location of security cameras and safes.

"Our opinion is that he may have previously worked at the stores, known someone who worked at the store, or know someone involved in the installation of the security devices," he told AAP.

Snr Sgt Thiesfield said police were liaising with Subway stores in the area, where many franchisees were worried about becoming the next target.

"We have relayed our concerns about the number of offences that are occurring," he said.

During a November 5 break-in at the Loganholme Subway store, the offender was captured on security footage.

He is described as Caucasian, of average build and aged in his early to mid-20s.

He was wearing a dark-hooded jumper and baseball cap, grey tracksuit pants, white running shoes and was carrying a black backpack.

Anyone with information that could assist police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

AAP


Security footage of the offender allegedly involved in the Subway break-in and theft at Loganholme on 5 November 2007:

Security footage of a man and woman allegedly involved in the Subway heist at Mt Ommaney on 4 March 2007:


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26 December 2007

Christmas surprise for Goodna battler

Fifty-three year old Goodna battler Julius Fazekas received the Christmas gift of a lifetime with the surprise presentation of a motorised scooter by Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully, Goodna Rotary represented by John Nugent the former Mayor of Ipswich and Bruce Saville and Yvonne Saville from Ipswich-based "Walk on Wheels".

Mr Fazekas came from Hungary to Australia in 1982 to embark on a new life.

He was a fit and healthy 27 year old who planned a new life in Australia far away from the rigours of Communist Hungary.


From left, Bruce Saville, John Nugent, Julius Fazekas, Yvonne
Saville and Cr Paul Tully

But tragedy struck four years later after he suffered a major stroke following a serious car accident.

Mr Fazekas was paralysed in one arm and his mobility severely affected.

Cr Paul Tully said Julius was well-known around Goodna and the motorised scooter would help him enormously.

“He has no relatives in Australia and this will give him a major boost as he gets around the suburb for his shopping and personal needs.

“Julius had saved $1300 from a recent Gold Lotto win to buy a scooter but he will get to keep that, as well as his new motorised scooter.”

When the scooter arrived at his Smiths Road home, Julius' face lit up like a Christmas tree.

"
Tremendous - I was only dreaming about it," Julius exclaimed as he jumped on board his new scooter and regained the freedom he lost 21 years ago.


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09 December 2007

Work begins on Ipswich Motorway upgrade

Within an hour of Kevin Rudd's new Labor Government being sworn in, contractors moved on site at Redbank to commence exploratory drilling for the promised Ipswich Motorway upgrade.

After more than a decade of bickering and with the new Prime Minister abandoning the Liberals' proposed Goodna Bypass, a drilling rig has commenced sinking five holes at Chalk Street near Goodna Creek to assess the foundations required for the motorway upgrade.

The Ipswich Motorway will be 6-laned from Goodna to Dinmore as part of a $1.1 billion upgrade of the notorious 6km stretch of highway.


Preliminary testing work commences adjacent to the
Ipswich Motorway at Redbank.



In addition to the six lanes, there will be parallel access roads and slip lanes as well as on and off ramps between Dinmore and Goodna.

Local Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully described the start of the drilling as an "historic occasion for 100,000 motorists who use the Ipswich Motorway every day".

Cr Tully has been campaigning since 1985 for a full upgrade of the Ipswich Motorway.


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