Launceston man charged with 28 offences

POLICE have charged a Launceston man with 28 offences, including stealing four cars for an alleged eight-day crime spree that ended dramatically in Charles Street this week.

Shane Murray Brown, 23, is alleged to have burgled three houses at Relbia and Kings Meadows, stolen four cars from Longford and Launceston and driven away without paying for $276 in petrol at four stations from Exeter to Burnie before crashing a stolen car into the C.H. Smith Building on Wednesday.

Mr Brown was charged yesterday.

The charges include four of assaulting a police officer, for allegedly driving a car at three police officers on the West Tamar Highway on Saturday, and two of dangerous driving, for allegedly travelling at 140km/h on city streets on Tuesday and then driving on the wrong side of the road and at 100km/h in a 50 km/h zone on Wednesday.

He is also alleged to have stolen $15,610 in jewellery, electronics, tools and other items, including two rifles, from homes and a car in the Launceston area.

Mr Brown appeared before magistrate Reg Marron in the Launceston Magistrates Court yesterday but did not enter a plea. He was remanded in custody to face court again on December 18.