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Family left on edge after ute stolen, crashed

A stolen car involved in a crash in Hampton St this morning.
A stolen car involved in a crash in Hampton St this morning.

FINDING their home ransacked and their four-wheel-drive stolen has left a Highfields family on edge.

A Cawdor Dr resident, who did not want to be named, had finished work in Toowoomba and picked up her two daughters from school before returning home about 3.10pm on Thursday.

She noticed the garage door was open and thought her husband, who works in Brisbane, had returned home early.

But that thought perished when she saw every cabinet and drawer in her home had been opened.

"They had even been into my fridge," she said.

A few items including an iPad were taken, but other valuables left behind.

She thought the intruders must have been after cash, but there was none kept in the home.

The thieves then found keys to the family's Volkswagen Amarok dual cab ute and took it.

They made purchases on the woman's credit card at Meringandan and a Toowoomba clothes shop.

The woman said she normally worked from home, but had gone into Toowoomba for the day.

"My little girls were completely terrified.

"They asked to sleep in our room."

Their ute was found yesterday after it smashed into a power pole on Hampton St about 4.35am.

The pole was snapped and lines fell to the ground.

Power was cut to 1550 residents with all but 22 of those regaining electricity at 10.46am.

Toowoomba Criminal Investigation Branch officer-in-charge Paul McCusker said a 25-year-old man was located in the ute.

"A short time later another male, 24, was located at a nearby residence where he sought assistance for injuries sustained in the collision," Snr Sgt McCusker said.

Both men were taken to Toowoomba Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

They remained under police guard yesterday.

"Investigators believe that there are a number of items of interest in the vehicle which may be linked to overnight break and enter offences in the Toowoomba area."

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