'Polite' alleged armed robber makes application for bail
AN 18-YEAR-OLD alleged robber who "politely" held up an 87-year-old man by not pointing a replica gun directly at the gentleman remains in custody.
Matthew Stewart Maughan,18, and co-accused Christopher James Bell, 17, appeared in Bundaberg Magistrates Court today in relation to the alleged armed robbery of the elderly man at the Kepnock Rd Retirement Village in the early hours of yesterday.
Bundaberg Police Prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens told the court the two men allegedly broke into the army disposal store on Bourbong St sometime Tuesday night and stole three replica firearms, batons and multi tools.
It is further alleged the two teenagers later knocked on the door of the man's home, where they then entered and demanded the keys to his Mazda 3 and his wallet.
Sgt Stevens said the teens allegedly targeted that particularly property because "the car looked nice and they thought it would belong to an old person".
"Police attempted to intercept them at 4.30am on Targo St but they sped off at high speed," Sgt Stevens said.
He said police later located the car at Baldwin Swamp where they discovered fingerprints belonging to Bell.
"Police further identified that Maughan was involved in the offences," he said.
"Police identified two replica firearms under the stove in Maughan's house."
Sgt Stevens said Maughan took part in a police interview and made full admissions to both the break-in at the disposal store and the alleged robbery.
"(Maughan) said he did not hold the weapon at the complainant," he said.
"He said he used a polite manner."
But Sgt Stevens said when Bell was interviewed, he denied going inside the unit or seeing Maughan with the firearm.
Maughan is facing six charges including break and enter, armed robbery, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, evade police and disqualified driving.
Bell has been charged with four offences including armed robbery and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
They both applied for bail but Magistrate Deb Vasta adjourned the application until Friday so the two accused could arrange legal representation.