Sex shop suspect nabbed
THIS is the man accused of breaking into an adult shop and having sex with blow-up dolls in a bizarre series of alleged crimes in Cairns that made international headlines.
His leg in a cast, the 23-year-old limped from the Cairns watch-house late yesterday afternoon, just hours after police arrested him.
Police have not released his name.
He was charged with breaking into businesses in the CBD, including the Laneway Adult Shop off Spence St three times in the past month.
The man allegedly smashed his way into the shop, had sex with blow-up dolls and discarded them in an alley.
He is also accused of breaking into the Sapphire Bar by smashing a hole near the top of the roof and dropping 15m to the floor.
The hunt for the suspect ended yesterday when he was detained at his home and taken to Cairns police station where he was questioned and charged.
"Following intelligence-based inquiries, we attended a Manunda address and made an arrest," acting Det Sen-Sgt Jason Chetham said.
Outside the watch-house, the man said he had been speaking to police about property offences from "years ago".
He was charged with four counts each of enter premises with intent and one count of attempted break-in.
The man has been granted bail to appear in Cairns Magistrates' Court early next month.
The alleged crimes, revealed by The Cairns Post earlier this month, made headlines across the world, with dozens of newspapers and blogs as far away as the UK, US, Canada, India and Jamaica featuring the story.
On two occasions, a doll named "Jungle Jane" was allegedly stolen from the Laneway Adult Shop.
The shop's owner said the alleged offender had a habit of cleaning up the mess he had made at his premises.
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