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Teen surprises brazen robber

Megan Cunliffe (left) chased an intruder after finding him in the bedroom of her Baker St home. Her housemate, Veronica Sweet, is also worried for her safety.
Megan Cunliffe (left) chased an intruder after finding him in the bedroom of her Baker St home. Her housemate, Veronica Sweet, is also worried for her safety. Kevin Farmer

TOOWOOMBA teenager Megan Cunliffe has been left shaken and in fear after wrestling a brazen thief in her Baker St home.

Miss Cunliffe, 19, is warning residents to keep their doors and windows locked after finding a man rifling through her room about 7.15pm on Monday.

She was getting ready to have a bath and had returned to her room wearing a towel to find someone searching through her bag.

"I started shouting at him," Miss Cunliffe said.

She grabbed the man's wrist as he rushed past her.

"I held on for about 10 metres or so," she said.

"He pushed the dining room table to get it out of his way and it made a hole in the wall."

She chased the thief as he ran out the back door, around the yard and eventually out of sight.

Police were called but a search failed to locate the thief.

"I got some injuries when I was fighting with him," Miss Cunliffe said.

"There is a scratch and a bump on my head and I hurt my ankle."

Miss Cunliffe said the man had removed a flyscreen to enter through a housemate's slightly open bedroom window.

Five dollars and some old bank cards were taken from Miss Cunliffe's purse during the raid.

"I feel unsafe in my home in a way," she said.

"I was just really lucky he didn't have any weapons on him."

She said she was unable to get a good look at the thief because it was dark and he was wearing a hoodie.

Toowoomba criminal investigation branch officer-in-charge Paul McCusker said the offence could be related to a similar break and enter that occurred at a nearby Tiffany St home between 6.30 and 7.30pm on Monday.

Detective Senior Sergeant McCusker said entry was also gained through an unlocked window and a small amount of cash was taken.

The offender is described as being about 183cm tall, of slim build and in his 20s.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Topics:  crime stoppers robbery theft toowoomba police


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