Accused armed burglar caught after nearly nine years on run
A MAN wanted for a violent Sunshine Coast burglary has been arrested in Western Australia after nearly nine years on the run.
Information including a photo of 38-year-old Troy Newton was distributed across Australia last week as part of Operation Roam.
He and a number of other wanted people were police targets considered most likely to be living interstate from where their alleged offences were committed.
Police said Mr Newton was arrested in Bremer Bay on Friday as a result of information received through Operation Roam.
Sunshine Coast detectives have travelled to Albany to collect Mr Newtown for extradition and hope to have him before a Sunshine Coast court later this week.
Police will allege Mr Newton and another man forced their way into a Jarrah St home at Minyama about 7.30pm on December 16, 2006.
Officers said one man was armed with a pistol and the other with a knife.
The victims were two men and a woman who police said were unknown to the alleged offenders.
One of the victims fought back, using a baseball bat to hit one of the intruders.
The intruders fled the scene and were not caught.
Police said there was blood at the scene as a result of and forensic investigations have linked the DNA with Mr Newton.
Operation Roam is ongoing and people can see photos of details of suspects on the Crime Stoppers website crimestopperswa.com.au/operationroam.